Netflix confirms that saving a film to your queue helps chance of it being made available to rent
If you want a title that Netflix doesn’t carry, now you can do something about it.
It has been long-rumored that if enough people save a movie to their Netflix queue that the company will make the film available to rent. Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey confirms these rumors with the following statement: "If we have a certain number of Queue adds, we will buy the title."
This is great news for smaller titles currently available on DVD to get their movie out there. However, I will not be holding my breath that Netflix has the ability to acquire hard to find out-of-print titles that customers will undoubtedly save to their queue (if you are adding BEGOTTEN to your queue at this moment, don’t waste your time).
Another area that Netflix needs to address is the ability to request that a Blu-ray copy of a film be made available to rent. Many films that recently got a Blu-ray upgrade from their previous DVD release (catalog titles and Criterion films are the worst offenders) are only available to rent on DVD from Netflix. With the ever-increasing Blu-ray surcharge, the least that Netflix can do is provide customers with Blu-ray editions of films, especially when the Blu-ray was released recently (I’m looking at you, VIDEODROME).
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