Netflix users often complain about the lack of truly great movies available to stream through the service. And it turns out they’re not just viewing the past through rose-tinted glasses. In terms of the best movies of all time, Netflix has fewer available to stream now than it did two years ago.
We know this because Streaming Observer ran the numbers. In 2014, a Reddit user counted how many movies from the IMDb Top 250 list were available on Netflix. At that point there was 49 (or 19.6%) available. Now, in October 2016, there are just 31 (or 12.4%) available. Which is a significant drop whichever way you look at it.
However, there are some caveats here. First, not everyone will agree that the IMDb Top 250 list represents the greatest movies ever made. Second, movies are just one part of the Netflix puzzle, and you could still wring plenty of value out of the streaming service without ever watching a single film. Third, Netflix has intentionally reduced the size of its catalog to fund original programming. And that means Stranger Things, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and others. All of which are potentially worth the price of admission on their own.
The Merits of Netflix Are Up for Debate
The merits of Netflix are certainly open to debate. We have previously suggested you should be happy to pay more for Netflix, but also explored various reasons why Netflix may not be right for you. We are, of course, merely trying to help you make your own mind up, but these new figures may confuse things even more.
My advice is to give Netflix a go for a month and log how much content you watch. If you’re getting a good return on your money, then happy days. But if you find Netflix lacking in content you actively want to watch, you can just cancel without any fuss or bother. You can always try again at a later date.
Are you bothered by the reduction in truly great movies available on Netflix? Do you think these figures should be taken with a pinch of salt? Are you happy with the price of Netflix? Or do you think it should be higher/lower? Please let us know in the comments below!