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Netflix loses A&E content

Netflix has lost hundreds of hours of A&E and History content after a deal between the two lapsed last week, according to US reports.

Talks are said to be still underway between the two firms, however, nearly 800 hours of content including popular series such as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Ice Road Truckers and Hoarders have reportedly disappeared from the service.

Some 300 more hours of content from A&E and History, including shows from from AETN’s Biography channel, are still available to viewers in the US, Variety reported first.

The news comes less than a month after Netflix’s exclusive online distribution deal lapsed with premium movie service Epix, opening the door for Amazon to sign a multi-year content deal with the firm for its subscription-based Prime Instant Video Service in the US.

Netflix signed a deal with The Weinstein Company earlier this year, giving viewers exclusive access to movies such as The King’s Speech and Blue Valentine 12 months after they are first available on pay TV.

Last week, the US VoD firm also picked up the rights to British comedian Ricky Gervais’s new Channel 4 comedy-drama Derek.

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