So last week, Sony and iTunes took a lot of shit because they decided it would be a great idea to exploit Whitney Houston‘s unfortunate and untimely death by upping the price of all her music. You thought that was bad, right? Well, now the studios behind some of her biggest movies are pulling them from Netflix because why should people watch movies they paid to see when you can just make them pay even more money for the exact same thing? From Google Plus Week:
So I called Netflx and the rep confirmed what I suspected:
Netflix rep: “Okay Dan, I just went and talked to my main supervisor as to why the movie had been pulled and the reason it was pulled was the production company pulled the streaming rights from us because all the publicity after Whitney Houston’s passing there was an opportunity to make really a very large amount of money on the DVD sales of her movies. So they’re going to pull all the streaming titles we have of Whitney Houston so they can make more money off the DVD sales of her movies.”
Yes, how else will all the angry people you just pissed off watch The Bodyguard without having to go out and buy a DVD? That would be some sort of fantastical impossibility, like PIRATEs existing in your local BAY. Not that we’re endorsing that, we’re just being realistic here. Or they could just turn on the television and go watch any of the hundreds of broadcasts of The Bodyguard TV stations are paying right now. Either way, these people can suck a dick.