Disagreement over exclusivity at heart of A&E content disappearing
Netflix's streaming service no longer has room for "Storage Wars." And it's not holding onto "Hoarders" either.
As of Friday, Netflix has dropped about 800 hours of content from A&E Networks — including "Storage Wars" (pictured), "Hoarders," "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars" — from its streaming service, after deals to stream the content expired.
About 300 hours of content from A&E, which were not covered under the expired contract, are still available for streaming on Netflix. The contract for the remaining material expires in June.
An individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap that Netflix was seeking increased exclusivity from A&E, which offers its programming on other streaming platforms. Unable to reach an agreement, the contract lapsed.
The two sides are still in talks to bring the programming back to Netflix, the individual said.
It's not unprecedented for programming to be pulled from Netflix's streaming service. Last year, Starz decided to let its agreement with Netflix lapse in order to "protect the premium nature of our brand."
A spokesman for Netflix has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.