UPDATE: According to a Netflix representative that contacted Reelz, Netflix has not had The Bodyguard streaming since the license expired last year, long before the death of Whitney Houston. The movie's unavailability has "nothing to do with Ms. Houston's unfortunate and untimely death."
When Whitney Houston died unexpectedly Feb. 11, U.K. fans noticed that prices for the singer's albums on iTunes increased by 60 percent, causing many to accuse Sony of price gauging and trying to profit off the singer's death. Now, there's another company in danger of being accused of doing the same.
Warner Bros. has reportedly pulled Houston's The Bodyguard from Netflix's streaming catalog so it could boost DVD sales of the movie in the wake of Houston's death.
According to Dan McDermott, host of Google Plus Week, streaming rights to the movie were pulled after Houston's death to "make a very large amount of money" from DVD sales.
On his Google+ page, McDermott said he went to watch The Bodyguard after watching Kevin Costner speak at Houston's funeral but found that it wasn't available streaming, something odd for a movie that is 20 years old. Comments on the movie's Netflix page mentioned that it had been available for streaming to Netflix customers up until her death on Feb. 11. McDermott called a Netflix representative and confirmed what he had suspected. What did Netflix have to say? >> Posted 02.20.12 by Chris