Netflix pips Starz to acquire movie rights from Disney

MUMBAI: Leading internet subscription service provider Netflix has signed a multi-year premium pay TV window agreement with The Walt Disney Studios in the United States.

The new multi-year licensing agreement will make Netflix the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.

The three-year agreement takes effect in 2016 when premium movie service provider Starz‘s deal with Disney-ABC Domestic Television ends in 2015. Starz had signed a new, exclusive long-term licensing agreement for theatrical releases from The Walt Disney Studios.

Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disney nature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.

Separately, Disney and Netflix have reached agreement on a multi-year catalog deal that brings to US Netflix members Disney movies such as "Dumbo," "Pocahontas" and "Alice in Wonderland."

"Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay TV window, some of the highest-quality, most imaginative family films being made today," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

"It‘s a bold leap forward for Internet television and we are incredibly pleased and proud this iconic family brand is teaming with Netflix to make it happen."

"With this cutting-edge agreement, we are thrilled to take our highly valued relationship with Netflix to the next level by adding Disney‘s premier films to their programming line-up," said Disney-ABC Domestic Television President Janice Marinelli.

"Netflix continues to meet the demands of its subscribers in today‘s rapidly evolving digital landscape, and we are delighted that they will have much earlier access to our top-quality and entertaining slate," she continued.

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