November 18, 2008
Sony movies pulled from Xbox 360's streaming Netflix player
That's the word from the gamers at Joystiq, who noticed that a good chunk of the movies in their Netflix instant viewing queue were suddenly "not available" for Xbox 360 streaming. Upon further inspection, the enterprising bloggers realized that the missing movies were all from Columbia Pictures, which so happens to be owned by Sony—maker and champion the PlayStation 3, and therefore mortal enemy of Microsoft and all things Xbox.
So, what's the story? When asked to comment, Netflix PR told MTV Multiplayer that "titles regularly come in and out of license," and that as far as the 360 goes, "a few hundred titles are temporarily unavailable," although "we hope they'll be licensed for Xbox 360 shortly." But is there a Sony connection? No comment on that one. As Han Solo might say, I've got a bad feeling about this.