Streaming Video News: October 12, 2016

Two bits of streaming video news today, both involving the loss of content. Netflix is set to lose two Bollywood films from 2014 in the next few days: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania on October 15 and Bhoothnath Returns on October 17. Humpty is worth prioritizing not only because it’s good but because its sequel — Badrinath Ki Dulhania — is scheduled to release next year.

In other news, Amazon Prime dumped nearly a quarter of its free Indian films last week. Unfortunately, the 22 movies that were lost were many of the best Bollywood titles available on the service, including Kai Po Che!, Siddharth, and Wake Up Sid.

Though this is obviously just the result of a batch of contracts reaching their termination date, it feels like a sign of lean times ahead at the service. Amazon Prime rarely adds Bollywood content to its free library, and the movies that are available are older or of little renown. Amazon Prime offers just three titles released since 2014, and the lone 2015 film isn’t even listed at IMDb. Point being, the Indian films available for free with Amazon Prime are a nice perk but not reason alone to sign up for the service.

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2 thoughts on “Streaming Video News: October 12, 2016

  1. Safina

    How do I go about contacting Netflix to complain about their Bollywood section of movies? I feel that they haven’t released anything worthwhile for a long time. The ONLY reason I got and keep my Netflix is for Indian movies but lately I feel it’s not even worth it. 😢👎🏽

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Not to mention the slow rate at which they add new films, Safina. I agree that keeping a Netflix subscription just for the Indian films probably isn’t worth it these days. I’m working on an updated review of Eros Now, which is the best subscription service for Indian films right now (though even they don’t add new movies as quickly as I’d like).

      As for contacting Netflix, your best options are via Twitter — https://twitter.com/netflix — or at their Help page — http://help.netflix.com/help — where you can talk to an actual person about your complaints. Good luck!

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