‘Rocky’ Movies Drop From Netflix on July 1, Then Will Return Aug. 1


AMC to air 'Rocky' marathon of first five films July 3-4, with repeat viewings later in month

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The first five “Rocky” films starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa are scheduled to expire from Netflix’s streaming service as of July 1 — but after a one-month hiatus, will return on Aug. 1, according to a Netflix rep.

The MGM films include 1976’s “Rocky,” which won three Academy Awards: best picture, director for John G. Avildsen and film editing; as well as “Rocky II” (1979), “Rocky III” (1982), “Rocky IV” (1985) and “Rocky V” (1990). The sixth movie in the franchise, 2006’s “Rocky Balboa,” has not been available on the streaming service.

Asked why the films were rolling off, then returning, the Netflix rep said the streaming service is “dynamic” and that the content lineup changes almost daily.

AMC is scheduled to launch a marathon of the first five “Rocky” movies starting at 9 a.m. ET on July 3 with “Rocky,” followed at 11:30 a.m. with “Rocky II” and at 2 p.m. with “Rocky III.” On July 4, “Rocky IV” airs at midnight ET, followed by “Rocky V” at 2 a.m. The cabler also will run the five films later in the month.

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  1. Anasia says:

    I love rocky movies because I watch it when I was a baby

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  3. Robby M says:

    Seriously? This is Variety isn’t it? A decades old, entertainment industry news reporting outlet. Please explain why there’s a burning need for a pay TV service to explain why content is rotated off the schefule-or in Netflix’ case, their catalog. Netflix Streaming is no different than any of the cable based pay TV services, with the obvious exception of not programming a linear schedule. Other than that, it works the same as HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, Epix, The Movie Channel, Encore, TCM, ect. When was the last time HBO rotated content off the schedule, and did it merit a story published in the industry’s leading news source? This is not some silly blog by some neophite sitting in the apartment over the garage.

    If you’re going to report a movie leaving a service, at least report the reasons why it’s leaving. Report that the Rocky films-save for the last one, have all been featured on the service before, and have been removed and returned multiple times. Explain that studios sell movies to many outlets in windows, and when said movie leaves one service, it is so another can offer it to THEIR viewers. Example, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol left Netflix this week as well…the pay TV window for it is ending, and it will no doubt wind up on a basic cable channel. Anyone coming here to read a story should leave, having learned something about how the industry works.
    This article did none of that.

    • Robby M says:

      Thanks for updating the story. The additional info raises the article above the typical, shrill ”sky is falling” antics employed by blog sites whenever Netflix removes content at the end of each month.

    • Joey Beltran says:

      You are correct, it is nothing more than a thinly veiled advert for Netflix. Title says, “All Rocky’s”, content says, “All except the last one”. So it is not even news, since the first 5 rocky’s have mostly been available on netflix over the last 6 mos (at least some of the time).

  4. Matthew Klapmeyer says:

    This is so wrong what about us movie fans

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