Groundhog Day – My Favorite Movie no longer on Netflix


Update 3-1-15: Netflix sent me an email that Groundhog Day is back! Let’s see if it is still there on Feb 2 2016.


Some time way back I posted about watching Groundhog Day, still my favorite movie, via Netflix.

Click photo for great blog post on Groundhog Day

Click photo for great blog post on Groundhog Day

But unlike Groundhog Day where the same thing  is repeated forever, Netflix’ streaming service, alas, is quite the opposite. I’m not sure when Groundhog Day disappeared from the Netflix streaming library but it happened at least a couple years back.Yes you can rent the DVD  but I dropped the additional $8/month service long ago. As streaming becomes more and more prevalent I wonder how many cord cutters still like the idea of DVD’s in the mail.


Streaming Groundhog Day no longer on Netflix.

Streaming Groundhog Day no longer on Netflix.

In any case  you can still stream Groundhog day from Amazon, but even if you have Amazon Prime (which I do) it is not free. Now if you Google “groundhog day streaming” you get a whole list of sketchy sites claiming to serve up that content for free – no doubt with tons of ad-ware and scam offers included. Don’t even waste your time on these.

But it leaves me to wonder. Why does the Netflix streaming library change constantly while the DVD library seems to be more or less complete? Who knows.


“You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”

Bill Murray as Phil Connors in Groundhog day, 1993.


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6 Responses to Groundhog Day – My Favorite Movie no longer on Netflix

  1. Len Mullen says:

    I dropped the mail service when it became completely unreliable — at least one physically damaged disc per month. Lost discs. Increasing wait for delivery. It was clear Netflix was moving away from that model. I recommend you hop on to and pick up your own copy for $5.

  2. Len Mullen says:

    Thank you. Most enjoyable SB ever for me. Amazing ending.

    I think the reason why the disc library is more stable is simply because it is more difficult to change things and because there are so few players in that space.

    • Greg says:

      I’m thinking that streaming content has a different price tag from content owners, one so high that Netflix simply can’t afford it.

      For $8/mo you can have access to an enormous library of almost any popular title. Check out my old posts on “most romantic movies on Netflix” and you’ll see the huge disparity between streaming and disc.

      But why? I guess simple supply and demand. Waiting a day or two is just not as attractive.

  3. Augustine says:

    I wonder about the studios manhandling Netflix and vice-versa and using popular titles as hostages in the negotiations. It’s an old, decrepit business model battling an upcoming one that takes control away from the studios. Not that consumers are necessarily better, since the control merely shifts hands.

    Then again, some say that there’s always Pirate Bay, arr!

    • Greg says:

      I think you’re right somewhat. The last thing studios want to see is everything cheap and on demand.

      Pirated content doesn’t work for most of us. I’m not interested at all in gong there.

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