Film Availability in Netflix Country Stores in the EU

Posted: 21 Feb 2020

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Michail Batikas

ESC Rennes School of Business

Estrella Gomez-Herrera

Joint Research Center of the European Commission

Bertin Martens

Joint Research Centre

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

This study compares the film catalogues among the 11 Netflix country stores in the EU that provide film streaming services to consumers on the basis of a subscription (SVOD) business model. We estimate cross-border availability of films in Netflix in the EU at 31%, somewhat lower than the 40% availability of downloadable films in the Apple iTunes stores in the EU. Availability patterns are to a large extent driven by consumer preferences and geographical and linguistic proximity. The average delay in availability between theatre and Netflix release (“windowing”) in the EU11 is 326 days, with wide variations across countries, compared to only 112 days delay in the US. Windowing delays are shortening for more recent films. For a sample of films in the UK Netflix catalogue we find that they remain available for 340 days on average.

Keywords: VoD, Digital Single Market

JEL Classification: F10

Suggested Citation

Batikas, Michail and Gomez-Herrera, Estrella and Martens, Bertin, Film Availability in Netflix Country Stores in the EU (November 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3358375

Michail Batikas

ESC Rennes School of Business ( email )

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France

Estrella Gomez-Herrera (Contact Author)

Joint Research Center of the European Commission ( email )

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1049
Belgium

Bertin Martens

Joint Research Centre ( email )

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Inca Garcilaso, s/n
Sevilla, E-41092
Spain

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