All About Netflix Expiration Dates
For now, this page has only one topic: Netflix Expiration Dates. Hopefully, you will find everything you want to know about those. I hope to add content about other topics and resources, at some point, if I can find the time.
Be sure to check the Comments section, below. There are some good tips and resources about other things of interest to Netflix subscribers.
Expiration Dates: How Netflix Works
1) When a Netflix show indicates "Available Until" a specific date, can I still watch it on that date?
No. Think Cinderella - at the stroke of midnight, when the "available until" date begins, the movie will no longer be available to stream. If you want to see it, you have to watch it before the Netflix date. Our site uses the "last day to watch" date to help you remember.
2) If I start watching before midnight, will I be able to finish the whole movie, even if it goes beyond midnight?
Yes! It's best not to wait until the very last minute, but as long as you begin watching before midnight, you will be able to watch the whole movie, regardless of how long it is, provided you don't pause for more than a few minutes, once it's after midnight. You can, however, rewind if you want to see something again, as long as the movie is still in progress.
3) How long before a title is going to expire does Netflix indicate the available until date?
It depends on what kind of show it is. For most movies and one-time TV programs, Netflix only gives you a week's notice before it expires. For TV series, including mini-series, and for movies shown in two parts, Netflix gives notice 30 days prior to expiration.
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4) Where do I look on Netflix for the expiration date of a movie or TV show?
5) How can I see on Netflix if any of My List titles are going to expire?
Expiration Dates: How This Site Works
6) If Netflix gives only a week's notice for expiring movies, how do you find the expiration dates earlier?
Some of us have devices/apps that show two week's notice instead of one. Some of these are listed in the next section. Another source for advance titles is the Netflix press release, explained at the end of the next question.
7) When does this site start to post end-of-month titles (Netflix expiration date on first of month)?
TV series are posted as early as the first couple of days of the month (depending on how many days are in the month).
Movies and single-show TV programs start to show up 2 weeks before the last day of the month. Because there are so many of them, we usually don't find them all right away. Here is the posting schedule:
Months with 30 days: The first day we can see notices on the Netflix app is on the 17th of the month.* On the 24th, Availability notices appear on the My List page.
Months with 31 days: The first day we can see notices on the Netflix app is on the 18th of the month.* On the 25th, Availability notices appear on the My List page.
February: The first day we can see notices on the Netflix app is on the 15th of the month* (16th for leap year). On the 22nd, Availability notices appear on the My List page (23rd for leap year).
Another source for end-of-month titles is the press release that Netflix puts out at some point in the second half of the month (no set schedule). Occasionally, this will show up before the 17th, so we get a jump start on our list, but it's usually later. Either way, this list does not include all expiring titles (even though it says it does). It also has a smattering of titles expiring throughout the coming month, which is why our list will have a few dates beyond what we can see with a 2-week app.
*Exception: One of our contributors has a device that gives him one extra day's notice, so he is sometimes able to share titles one day before the date stated above.
Resources: Devices and apps that show advance expiration dates
Many readers of this blog have various devices and apps they use when streaming Netflix. Some of these give more notice for expiring movies than the seven days on the Netflix streaming site. The following list is offered for those who would like to explore these options:
Note: Double check with the manufacturer before purchase, in case there has been a change since these were posted.
Sony: Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players
Two week notices apply to movies and shows. —Achernar
My Vizio TV Netflix app is still showing two weeks notice. —CanandaiguaNY
The wiiu app also gives a 14 day notice for expiring content. —Shana Acevedo
Every title gets a 14-day warning on the xBox 360 app, but TV shows will have a little notice when you start to play them that they are expiring. —Nica
List of Netflix-compatible devices (Wikipedia)