If your Netflix streaming strategy involves watching Katniss Everdeen battle alongside a bunch of "Hunger Games" all-stars like Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason on the regular, then you might want to brace yourself for some bad news.
Over the weekend, Netflix announced that it's ending its agreement in the US with Epix — a decision that means dropping a bunch of high profile movies from its streaming service starting in October, including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
I know, I know, we're bummed, too. But hey! At least you have one more month to watch Katniss fight through the Quarter Quell, before her battle leaves Netflix for good. Plan your weekend viewing schedules accordingly.
It's not just the Girl on Fire getting fired from Netflix, either. It's bad news for Optimus Prime and zombie-fighting Brad Pitt, too, as Netflix confirmed that it's dropping both "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "World War Z."
"While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods," explains Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos in a statement. "Through our original films and some innovative licensing arrangements with the movie studios, we are aiming to build a better movie experience for you."
Sarrandos listed off a bunch of the original movies landing on Netflix in the coming months — "Beasts of No Nation" starring Idris Elba in October, and a new holiday movie from Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola called "A Very Murray Christmas" in December, as two examples — but does that take the sting of losing movies like "Catching Fire" away?