Cold Case might remain Cold for a long time.
Cold Case premiered in September of 2003 till 2010 but why isn’t it available on Netflix? The problem is an official video release of “Cold Case” predates the Netflix phenomenon, so it’s a bigger problem than just cutting a deal with the new guy in town.
The major problem is the licensing of the music rights, and it’s stopped the show from even appearing on DVD — something fans have been clamoring for since the end of the show’s very first season in 2004.
“Cold Case” followed a Philadelphia investigator (played by Kathryn Morris) whose job was to reopen old cases. The show had a unique soundtrack approach, using popular music from the era during which the crime was originally committed — a clever and effective mood-setting tool that has since proven to be a huge legal headache.
It’s a problem suffered by a lot of music-heavy shows, especially ones using a lot of older songs.
Garson Foos, of Shout! Factory a DVD-distributor, said that music licensing for video release is a complicated process that can involve multiple rights holders and a lot of resources.
“It is extremely time-consuming and you sometimes have to do a little detective work to track rights-holders down”
There is some hope, though I don’t know if it is what fans want to hear. Shout! Factory had been interviewed regarding the release the similarly music-heavy series “thirtysomething” on DVD — a mere 18 years after it left the air. Hopefully, the technology these days will help get this show to Netflix sooner then 2028 (it left the air in 2010).