It's been a frustrating time for fans of Netflix's streaming Instant Watch service. As Netflix has continued its plans for world domination, various networks and studios are trying to reposition themselves into a more beneficial position with the rental juggernaut. Last week
, Showtime announced that they would be yanking their currently airing shows off the service as part of its renegotiations with Netflix. So long, Dexter
, and Californication
. Now the Wall Street Journal
is reporting that Starz plans to implement a 90-day window before new episodes of its original shows will be available on Instant Watch.
The delay will be kicking in tomorrow, April 1st, meaning any of you without a Starz subscription who were hoping to check out the first episode of Camelot
will be sorely disappointed. It's not a terribly surprising move given that the network has had several hits with Spartacus: Blood and Sand
and its prequel, Gods of the Arena
, and is looking to further expand its original line-up with shows like Camelot
. Still, it's disappointing news for folks for whom Netflix has become the go-to destination for easily accessed entertainment.
The article notes that Starz also plans to begin delaying its first-run movies to Netflix at a later date.