Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST by Dick Ward
Disney has made Netflix the exclusive pay-TV service for first run feature films. That also includes Pixar, Marvel and, of course, Lucasfilm.
Streaming services have been gaining a lot of traction as alternatives to traditional pay TV channels like HBO and Showtime, so much so that Disney has just signed a massive deal with the folks at Netflix. Starting in 2016, Netflix will be the place to go to watch new Disney films in the pay-TV window. That's the bit that happens a bit after DVDs and Blu-rays come out, but before the movie makes it to normal TV and other services.
Adding a few great catalog titles like 'Alice in Wonderland' is nice and getting Disney films early is certainly a big deal, the real victory here is none other than 'Star Wars.' The deal starts in 2016, and we're expecting that the first big movie to make it to Netflix as part of this arrangement is the newest 'Star Wars' film – due out in 2015.
Source: Home Media Magazine
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