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Netflix has dropped thousands of films from its catalogue in the US after opting not to renew its deal with distributor Epix.

The streaming service said it took the decision because it wants to focus on exclusive content.

Dropped films include 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, wrote in a blog post: "While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods."

He then listed what was coming up on Netflix, including 'Beasts of No Nation' starring Idris Elba and 'Ridiculous Six' from Adam Sandler.

US rival service Hulu has snapped up the dropped films instead.

"Our subscribers have been asking us for more, and more recent, big movies," Hulu said in a statement.

"We listened. Through this new deal with Epix, we are proud to now be able to offer a huge selection of the biggest blockbusters and premium films."

Increasingly, streaming companies are putting an emphasis on original content.

Recently news emerged that Apple might make its own TV shows and films for its forthcoming streaming service.



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