Oh boy. This is one hell of a flub!
Netflix was thrown into scandal this past weekend when Google Plus Week host Dan McDermott noticed that the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard was no longer available for streaming, and was allegedly told by a company representative that the studio pulled the film so they could make money on DVD sales in light of her death!
However, the whole thing turns out to be a misunderstanding, and McDermott is the first to admit it!
According to him, the rep with whom he spoke "had bad information" and once he checked the film's cache, he discovered that the streaming rights for the film had expired the year before!
"If I had thought to check the cache files I wouldn't have proven them wrong. I humbly apologize."
And Netflix Vice President of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey confirms:
"Netflix has ['The Bodyguard'] on DVD but not streaming. We haven't had it on streaming since the license expired last year. Nothing to do with Ms. Houston's unfortunate and untimely death."
Geesh! Isn't that absolutely nuts?!
Well, thank goodness it was all resolved and the misinformed parties owned up to it!
Netflix has given itself enough drama this year!
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