Licensing roulette for streaming movies and TV shows to customers seems a lot like watching pinball. Movies bounce around from one service to another. Peacock today, Netflix tomorrow, Amazon a few months later … and so on.
This is why every service should highlight the “leaving soon” category so subscribers know that something they want to watch is going away.
Yesterday, I specifically mentioned the movie Jurassic Park, a Universal tentpole movie that probably most everybody reading has already seen (maybe you haven’t seen the two sequels, however, and both of those are there now, but leaving too). It has come and gone from Peacock service multiple times already since the soft Peacock launch in April.
Today, I learned it’s leaving again, a mere two weeks after the full launch. Gamespot noticed this and commented on the irony of it happening so close to the launch day.
What’s more, a lot of the appeal of Peacock as a service is Universal franchises like the Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious films. Unfortunately, those won’t be much of a draw once July is over. While those films could eventually come back to Peacock–or perhaps more movies from those respective franchises could be added–there’s no telling when that might happen.Peacock’s Biggest Movies Are Already Leaving: Fast & Furious, Jurassic Park, And More – GameSpot
These licensing agreements that move titles from one service to another are made many months and sometimes years in advance, so the timing might not be Universal’s fault, and simply coincidental that they literally launch their streaming service and flagship movies they own are leaving the service so quickly.
It also means that when you first subscribe to a service, go to the A-Z list of movies and prioritize your watchlist. Watch/rewatch those movies you really want to see a lot right away, because literally in a few days, weeks or (hopefully) months, they will move somewhere else. Maybe somewhere you don’t have a subscription or no desire to start one.
Anyway, friendly warning, if you are among the small few who haven’t seen Jurassic Park and its sequels, hurry up. It will be gone July 31 from Peacock. It could be going to Amazon or Netflix, I don’t know.
It might also be on the big screen again (see: Regal Cinemas Announces Classic Movie Screenings Starting July 10 (IF they reopen): Rocky, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park and more), as reported earlier that the big theater chains are planning on showing classic movies in lieu of not many new titles available to screen when they reopen at the end of July (if they reopen).