Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

Summary: Netflix has inked a deal with FilmDistrict, a production, distribution and financing company, to stream first-run movies as pay TV gets them, typically a few months after a DVD release.

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Netflix said Wednesday that it has inked a deal with FilmDistrict, a production, distribution and financing company, to stream first-run movies as pay TV gets them, typically a few months after a DVD release.

With the move, Netflix is working to bring streaming more into the traditional release window set-up. Movies typically go to theaters, then DVD, then pay TV and often streaming last. Netflix has been creative about cutting deals to bring more new releases to streaming.

Under the deal, movies that would have been licensed to pay cable channels will now go to Netflix for streaming. Movies to be included are "Drive" and "Lockout."

The move is notable because now it's readily apparent that Netflix is competing with premium cable channels.

In addition, the FilmDistrict deal works to eliminate the one knock on Netflix's streaming service---the lack of new titles.

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  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    Anything that gives Comcast more competition is good.
    Anti Fanboy
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    Ah, it's nice to see cable companies getting some competition. Perhaps the pricing will get competitive...doubtful.
    geoff.schardein
    • RE: Ah, it's nice to see cable companies getting some competition

      @geoff@...

      NOT if Comcrap gets its way.

      You HAVE heard about the tiff Comcrap is having with Level 3?

      Comcrap does not want you (the customer) to have choices that deprive it of your entertainment dollar.
      fatman65535
      • What competition?

        I'm waiting for @adone.. the teabagger to come on here and bloviate his defense of this.
        ahh so
  • Good News

    Netflix has a decent streaming library, but it has LOTS of room for improvement. Hopefully this is just one of a number of steps they'll take in that direction.
    ParrotHead_FL
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    Thank you Netflix! Hopefully that will end my dilemma of seeking a supplement to my Netflix viewing like Amazon video on demand or Redbox Streaming (assuming either one ever becomes available on my device). I'd rather have one service to send my money to instead of two for my internet tv viewing time.
    VRSpock
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    This makes sense, this explains Comcast trying to get the money on the last leg of the pipe. They see the competition and instead of competing, they are trying to find other ways to generate a revenue, even if it means screwing the customer even more than they already do. Comcast is essentially trying to keep their monopoly (in some areas) as long as they can.
    SmokinBiz
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    by Dec. 21 the cable companies that are ISPs will start to throttle down Netfix bandwidth - that's the date for the Net Neutrality vote - will probbaly want and get a grandfather clause. they will need to muscle them out as they compete with pay per view
    stevejg61
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    Netflix gets so slow here in the evening that you can't watch it anyway. It is good up until about 7:30 and then useless until at least 11, the latest I'm likely to be interested. They need to institute a bigger download window. Last night we turned it off after it gave the message about slowing down and then took 15 minutes to fill a tiny buffer that then ran out in a couple of minutes.
    mswift1
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

    "In addition, the FilmDistrict deal works to eliminate the one knock on Netflix?s streaming service?the lack of new titles."

    Another major knock against the streaming service is the lack of caption support. First-run movie support is great, but caption support is still needed.
    Elliottm
  • RE: Netflix strikes deal to stream first-run movies, elbows in on the pay TV release window

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