Should questions about availability of movies on netflix or agreements Netflix has made over movies be allowed? I don't have anything specific in mind otherwise I'd ask it to get an honest opinion.


The problem with questions about the availability of movies on any format is that this is 'localized' to use the language of stack-exchange, for two reasons:

  • Its only of interest to some people (not everyone can even get Netflix)
  • Its only for a certain point in time and will certainly go out of date.

If its a specific question about how the Netflix service runs (or any streaming/dvd service including Amazon, Youtube, iTunes, Blockbuster, etc), it should be off-topic.

If it is a question about why a certain movie is not available on stream vs DVD for any of these services, I don't see a problem. Not concerning regional restrictions are fine.


  • "Why does Sony prevent Netflix from renting out Ponies Are Awesome 7: The Return of Ponystein" Fine
  • "Why does Paramount not allow their films in [Country X]" Off-Topic, burn it with acid(too localized)

If it is a question about whether a movie is available on [Stream], Netflix and others allows you to browse their directory as well as search for a title. So with that available, I believe availability questions should be Off-Topic because it shows a lack of research.

Something that must be kept in mind is that Netflix in particular have very different selections between their streaming and DVD service but the search feature I linked will state if an item is available only on DVD/Blu Ray.

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    No, a question is not too localized just because it's specific to a country. Please read Joel's explanation of “too localized”. I'm not convinced that the questions belong here, but it's not a matter of being too localized. Too localied would be “why doesn't the rental place down the street carry X”. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 12 '12 at 20:28

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