Sony's Columbia Picture flicks not available on NXE Netflix streaming

Well what do we have here? Now that NXE is live for everyone, it seems that Columbia Pictures movies are not available for XBox Netflix streaming. Unfortunately there is no way to tell if the movie is going to be watchable on the Xbox streaming until it’s added to the queue which can be a royal pain in the ass. Quite frankly, this is lame and childish that these Sony-owned flicks are not available on the PS3-rival system. MTV Multiplayer blog has nailed down a few details and the distracting smokescreen is licensing. Bull.

In the case of Xbox 360, a few hundred titles are temporarily unavailable to be streamed via the Xbox game console,” Netflix VP of corporate communications Steve Swasey told MTV Multiplayer in an e-mailed statement tonight. “Those titles are still available to be watched on subscribers’ computers and on TVs via other partner devices, and we hope they’ll be licensed for Xbox 360 shortly.

As watching instantly becomes a more prominent part of the Netflix service, our goal is to have all of our streaming content licensed for all of our partner devices,” he said. “We’re doing well in this area, but it will take some time before we fully achieve that goal. Today, titles regularly come in and out of license and there is a natural ebb and flow to what we have on license at any given point in time.

It’s funny how only Sony Columbia pictures are the only movies with this issue. If it was licensing issues, one would think that the studio had ample time to file the appropriate paperwork. So once again, bull. More as we get it.

Joystiq & MTV Multiplayer Blog