Whitney Houston's 'The Bodyguard': Netflix Denies Pulling Film From Streaming

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Last week, Sony was accused of attempting to capitalize off the death of Whitney Houston by raising the prices on two of her compilation albums, "Ultimate Collection" and "Greatest Hits"; Sony later apologized, stating that the albums were "mistakenly mispriced" and corrected immediately.

This past weekend, another company was accused of doing something similar, when journalist and Google Plus Week host Dan McDermott found that Houston's 1992 film, "The Bodyguard," wasn't available for streaming. McDermott later spoke to a Netflix representative, who allegedly told him the studio had the film pulled from the service to make money in the wake of Houston's passing.

However, according to Netflix Vice President of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey, the claims aren't true.

"Netflix has ['The Bodyguard'] on DVD but not streaming," Swasey told Digital Trends. "We haven't had it on streaming since the license expired last year. Nothing to do with Ms. Houston's unfortunate and untimely death."

After originally standing by his story, McDermott has since retracted his original complaint, stating that the rep he spoke to "had bad information." The Google Plus Week host admitted he was wrong after looking at the Netflix cache and discovering that streaming rights to "The Bodyguard" did, in fact, expire at the end of last year.

"If I had thought to check the cache files I wouldn't have proven them wrong. I humbly apologize."

Houston, who passed away on February 11 at the age of 48, was laid to rest this past weekend in Westfield, N.J.

[via DIgital Trends]

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