Columbia Pictures’ range of movies are once again available for the 360’s new Netflix streaming service. Nearly all the films, which had strangely vanished from the store last week, can now be watched on Microsoft’s console.
The news that Columbia Pictures movies disappeared from the service, on the day that NXE went live, triggered speculation over why it had happened. Many suggestions had centred around the fact that Columbia Pictures is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that Netflix’s VP of corporate communications Steve Swasey explained that the removal of the movies were not a technical issue.
Sony Pictures quickly tried to squash the growing speculation that the removal of the films was an intentional means to undermine the service, and explained that it was in the discussion process of resolving such licensing matters. Netflix too released a statement last week suggesting the Columbia Pictures movies were hoped to return shortly.