Old is New to Netflix in February

Next week Netflix NZ picks up seasons 1-4 of Killing Eve and 10-14 of NCIS as well as seasons of Special Victims Unit.

All series have screened extensively on TVNZ and Three but clearly the streamer still sees value in licensing them for their audience.

The tactic certainly worked for S1-2 of Yellowstone. It shot to the top of Netflix’s NZ rankings despite having already screened on Sky’s SoHo and Sky Open channels, and on its Neon service — as well as having been released on DVD and Blu-ray (although the Netflix run is fans’ first chance to view it in 4K).

This week Yellowstone ranks as the sixth most popular TV show on Netflix NZ while two ’90s movies that were added this week, The Devil Wears Prada and Home Alone, have cracked the top 10 movies chart.

Another golden oldie, Footloose, lands February 15 on the streamer for its 40th anniversary.

Licensing movies and shows that studios and networks no longer thought critical to their inventory is how Netflix became a global streamer, with the likes of Suits having long been one of its biggest hits.

But when Hollywood heavyweights opted to set up their own streaming services, they clawed back much of the content they’d licensed to Netflix — only for the economics of the business to drive them back into Netflix’s arms.

As Forbes reports, “The rise of digital means there are more platforms to license programming, which is financially beneficial. As always, the main source of revenue for any series in production is the backend.”

David Decker, the content sales president for Warner Bros. Discovery, told the New York Times: “Licensing is becoming in vogue again. It never went away, but there’s more of a willingness to license things again. It generates money, and it gets content viewed and seen.”

Says Forbes: The primary reason Disney and WBD are licensing programming to Netflix again is profits. While Netflix continues to make money, the profitability of rival streamers has only begun to turn the corner, licensing content will quicken the pace.”

At the same time, Netflix continues to forge new avenues of viewership, with its live streaming of The 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 24.

Other February highlights include:

  • the documentary American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders (February 28), “the hidden story connecting stolen government spy software, the birth of the digital surveillance state, unregulated weapons testing, a string of unsolved murders, and a tiny California tribe’s landmark Supreme Court victory that created modern Native American casinos”
  • Taylor Tomlinson and Mike Epps comedy specials
  • and the original movies:


From an intoxicating fantasy to a dangerous affair, a wealthy married woman finds her life irreversibly shattered after picking up an unpublished novel. (9/2/2024)


A struggling local journalist begins a dogged investigation into harrowing cases of abuse being covered up at a shelter for young girls. (9/2/2024)
Kill Me If You Dare 


When a twist of fate reverses the fortune of their troubled marriage, Piotr and Natalia decide to stay together — but only until death do them part. (13/2/2024)
A Soweto Love Story 


Desperate for her three single sons to get married, a mother promises her house to the first one to tie the knot, setting off a race to the altar. (14/2/2024)


A New York sports writer with a playbook of clever hookup schemes unexpectedly falls for a fling. Can she go from playing the field to playing for keeps? (14/2/2024)
The Heartbreak Agency 


When a skeptical journalist reluctantly participates in heartbreak therapy for an article, he ends up opening his heart to his charming therapist. (14/2/2024)
The Abyss 


As the Swedish town of Kiruna sinks, Frigga finds herself torn between her family and her job as security chief at the world’s largest underground mine. (16/2/2024)


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