Netflix Loses Rights to Stream 800 Hours of Content From A&E Networks

5:02 PM PST 09/21/2012 by Paul Bond
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UPDATED: Titles missing from the service as of Friday include "Storage Wars" and "American Pickers."

Netflix confirmed that dozens of shows from A&E Networks disappeared from its streaming service on Friday.

Deals that gave Netflix the right to stream Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, Hoarders, American Pickers and several more expired Friday, insiders said.

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In all, about 800 hours of content is gone from A&E as well as its History channel, while 300 hours remain, at least until an agreement expires in about the middle of next year.

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"A number of titles expired today, that is true, but we have titles coming on and off all the time," Netflix spokesman Joris Evers said on Friday.

Sources close to the situation said the two negotiated over a couple of weeks and, in fact, are still talking  but so far have failed to strike an agreement. The issue isn't only money, but also that Netflix is seeking some level of exclusivity that A&E is unwilling to grant.

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