Re: Is Netflix contemplating suicide?
I am not a Netflix person. I am not really a TV and movie person, truth be told and I don't use any streaming services.
That disclosure of ignorance out of the way, I suspect that Netflix are in a difficult position as they rely not only on the consumers who pay for the content but also on the producers who supply the content and they have to keep both happy.
The reason why there are geographical differences in catalogues is due to the geographic differences in licensing. Content is usually licensed per-country or region and so a competitor may already have exclusive rights to some IP or other in a given country.
Taking that favourite, Game of Throne, HBO have licensed this to Foxtel exclusively in Australia. Now, Netflix does not have GoT (due to competition with HBO Go) but if it did then the deal with Foxtel would mean that Netflix would not be able to show GoT to their Australian subscribers.
A similar thing can happen when there is a deal that, though no exclusive, is at a higher price than Netflix are prepared to pay. Thus Netflix may choose not to license the content for that region because that would eat into their margins or result in them having to raise prices or charge surcharges for some content to be fair to other consumers.
In the end, you are correct - the problem is not really services like Netflix but the producers of the content and their greed.