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Expiring Dates for Streaming Titles No Longer Available through Netflix’s API

15 May

Netflix has recently made a change to their API specifically around the expiry dates for their streaming catalog. Until now, the API provided the exact expiry dates but Netflix has now made the decision to *not* provide the exact expiry dates unless a title is expiring in the next two weeks. For all other titles, Netflix will show a far-out, made-up date irrespective of whether it expires 3 weeks out or 6 months out. On FeedFliks, we are representing this far-out date with 1st Jan 2025 which explains why 95% of your Instant Queue titles seem to expire on that exact date.

We hear all of you writing in and expressing frustration at this loss of information that was previously available. We’ve checked with the API folks and they have communicated that this is a done decision for now. We’re as disappointed as you all but this is now beyond our availability to influence. We’ve tried.
To get in touch with Netflix’s Customer Service, please call 866-716-0414.
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8 responses to “Expiring Dates for Streaming Titles No Longer Available through Netflix’s API

  1. Robert Thomas

    May 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

    So disappointed – this is the only reason i upgraded to a paid membership

     
  2. David

    May 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    What is Netflix’s logic in making their service harder and harder to use? They seem hell-bent on chasing away customers lately. Do they have a saboteur making decisions?

     
  3. Herb

    May 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Good

     
  4. warren

    May 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    So as I understand this, netflix will show (for a 2 week window) what is expiring but anything out side of that they won’t? “Until now, the API provided the exact expiry dates but Netflix has now made the decision to *not* provide the exact expiry dates unless a title is expiring in the next two weeks.”

     
  5. david butler

    February 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Netflix API apparently shows expiration up to 4 weeks out. Not good, but better than 2 weeks. For some reason, your system isn’t picking up the expiration dates on titles that are expiring within the 4 week window. This makes the “sort results by expiring first” feature useless. Please fix this!
    Thanks.

     
  6. Rebecca

    August 23, 2013 at 5:33 am

    @david butler: Agreed! It’s the end of August and this doesn’t appear to be fixed. In addition, not all of the coming soon data is being displayed.

     

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