You probably didn’t notice this change made by the streamer

It’s not quite a “great reset”, but a confluence of factors has caused a moment of significant change for the world’s largest streaming service. The company is ramping up an ad-supported tier and laying off employees, in part because it faces more adept streaming rivals than ever. Subscribers, meanwhile, have increasingly expressed their anger over the price hikes. A crackdown on password sharing is also coming, and unwanted titles (like shitty reality shows) are proliferating on the platform more than ever. Netflix movies have also disappeared from the streamer over the past few years – in a big way.

In fact, the extent to which Netflix has shrunk its movie library might actually surprise you. The website What’s New on Netflix released an analysis of Netflix movies in the US – which revealed, among other things, that in May 2015 there were 4,751 movies available for streaming.

Netflix’s shrinking movie library

The United States is, unsurprisingly, Netflix’s biggest market. It is also where, to date, the number of films available for streaming has decreased by almost 40% compared to 2015. There are now just over 3,000 films for subscribers. Americans, 1,735 of whom have left the platform since mid-2015.

That might seem like a big drop, but there’s something else you need to keep in mind as well.

Over the same period, Netflix has ramped up its own production of original films, offering subscribers films like red notice, The Adam Projectand the current Netflix number 1 English film in the world, 365 days: this day. In other words, the reduction of Netflix movies from the streamer’s available inventory actually seems even more pronounced if you set aside Originals that Netflix added to the pile during the same time period.

More importantly, however, what is the implication here? Well, for some subscribers, it might make them feel like they’re paying more for less over time. Especially if those subscribers are movie buffs — and movies, remember, were what Netflix was largely built around in the beginning. Heck, it’s right there in the product name itself, in the second syllable.


What are the top 10 Netflix movies?

Over time, of course, the balance has gradually shifted so that today Netflix gets much more attention and scrutiny from the press and global users for its TV shows, as opposed to its movies. . Just look at Netflix’s latest Global Top 10 lists for proof.

Let’s compare the top 10 Netflix shows in English with the top 10 Netflix movies in English around the world for the 7-day period ending May 1st. Adding up the numbers from Netflix’s latest public data, the aforementioned 10 Netflix mobies have been globally collected. just over 158 million viewing hours.

Netflix TV shows, though? Nearly 270 million hours of viewing.

It now falls to Netflix to produce compelling original content, including movies, to exercise greater control over its destiny. This content includes the specific Netflix Originals below, which include the world’s 10 highest ranked English language movies on the streamer in the last 7 day period.

  1. 365 days: this day — 77.9 million hours viewed
  2. Silverton Headquarters — 20.2 million hours viewed
  3. The Marilyn Monroe Mystery: Unreleased Tapes — 15.3 million hours viewed
  4. 365 days — 10 million hours viewed
  5. The vault — 6.6 million hours viewed
  6. how it ends — 6.6 million hours viewed
  7. The in-between — 6 million hours viewed
  8. The Adam Project — 5.6 million hours viewed
  9. sonic the hedgehog — 4.9 million hours viewed
  10. Shrek — 4.5 million hours viewed

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Alfonso E. Cramer