Netflix nets exclusive MGM deal for UK and Ireland OTT service

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 07-11-2011

Adding flesh to the bones of its proposed over the top (OTT) service for the UK and Ireland, Netflix has signed a multi-year premium pay-TV licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM).
Under the terms of the deal, Netflix will gain exclusive subscription streaming rights for most first-run feature films from MGM in the two countries when the service launches for use not only on TVs but also tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones in particular the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV platforms.

"We are delighted to be entering the UK and Ireland with a legendary studio like MGM at our side," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. "And we are excited to be extending our relationship with MGM from the US to these important markets and proud to be the exclusive home for their films in the traditional pay-TV window." "We are thrilled to grow our partnership with Netflix as they expand into the UK and Ireland," added MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.
Appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson, Zookeeper, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, 21 Jump Street. Also on offer will be MGM catalogue titles such as including Capote, Fargo, The Usual Suspects, West Side Story and The Amityville Horror.