If you feel like you're not seeing as many things you're interested in on Netflix as you once did, you're not crazy. Exstreamist reports that the number of shows and movies available on Netflix has decreased over 40 percent since 2012.
Today, there are just over 5,100 shows and movies available on world's biggest streaming service. In 2012 there were over 9,000 titles ready for subscribers to swipe right on. The decline is multifaceted. However, it is no doubt driven by the streaming giant's focus on quality original content over a quantity of options from other producers.
Netflix has amassed a large stable of films and shows of its own, ranging from epic period pieces like Marco Polo to political dramas like House of Cards, the lauded Orange is the New Black, a growing fleet of shows in their Marvel partnership, and films they've purchased like the upcoming The Office spinoff and $90 million Will Smith film.
With award-winning TV available and coming out at a rapid fire pace, they've moved the focus away from a wider selection to a more unique offering, for better or worse. Partnerships like the one they had with Epix have been allowed to lapse, seeing Netflix lose large films like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Exstreamist adds that this isn't just happening in the long view, "Even over the past few months, we’ve been tracking these numbers and have seen a consistent decline in title counts in the U.S."
As Netflix's body of original content continues to grow, this overall number of available titles may matter less and less, as people continue to subscribe to get content unavailable on any other service. Even if it's the only place you'll find Bojack Horseman and Fuller House, it's on the path to not being the movie mecca it once was (though there are still a lot of good movies available right now).