For the best part of a year now, I’ve been slowly converting my film & television library from physical media into digital. Amazon Prime Video has been my digital outlet of choice and as well as buying new movies and shows, I’ve also been picking up older titles (during sale periods) to build up my collection.
Converting from one format to another takes time and as such there are a number of properties I’ve yet to acquire. However, it would appear that in some cases, I may have left my conversion a little too late.
This week I decided to price up a couple of shows for future investment. The first was Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – one of my all-time favourite shows from the ’90s.
For a long time, Lois & Clark has retailed for £14.99 per season on Amazon Prime Video, so I wanted to see whether this price point had changed. Imagine my disappointment to discover the following disclaimer, when I searched for Lois & Clark:
‘Our agreements with the content provider don’t allow purchases of this title at this time.’
Yep, Lois & Clark is currently not available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video. Lois & Clark was available up until very, very recently, so for one reason or another Warner Bros. & Amazon have changed their agreement regarding its sale.
Well, not much can be done about that, is there?
‘No worries’ I thought, I’ll simply try another show. How about Friends? Friends will always be available, right?
Nope, Friends has been taken off sale too. Yes, you read that correctly you can’t currently buy Friends on Amazon Prime Video.
What about the Tim Burton Batman movies?
Batman: The Brave and the Bold?
Yep, that’s gone too. Oh, you can still watch Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Amazon Prime Video as part of your Prime membership, but you can no longer purchase episodes. The same goes for Batman: The Animated Series.
In fact, many, many Warner Bros. shows and movies have now been removed from Amazon Prime Video.
I’m not entirely sure. Could it be that with the launch of the DC Universe streaming service, Warner Bros. is starting to restrict the sale of its content?
Is this the start of a wider trend that could see all digital media restricted to subscription services only?
I hope not.