Netflix loses thousands of movie titles to Hulu

Thousands of movies are being removed from Netflix in the US after the streaming service decided not to renew a deal with distributor Epix.

Movies from the Hunger Games and Transformers series are just some of the blockbuster titles to be dropped from the service, which will now focus more on original content.

The films will disappear from the service when the $1bn deal between Netflix and Epix expires later this month.

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos wrote: “While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods.”

Following the end of the Netflix deal, the Epix catalogue will be picked up by Hulu.

“Our subscribers have been asking us for more, and more recent, big movies,” Hulu said in a statement.

“We listened. Through this new deal with Epix, we are proud to now be able to offer a huge selection of the biggest blockbusters and premium films.”

Elsewhere, Netflix recently added a load of exclusive projects aimed at ‘tweens’, including films from popular YouTubers.

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