Netflix claims exclusive as it adds Lionsgate films to UK, Ireland OTT roster
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 14-11-2011 In the latest part of its efforts to finalise its new over the top (OTT) service in the UK and Ireland to be launched in January 2012, Netflix has added Lionsgate films to its offer.
In detail in this latest content addition, Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing agreement deal with Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, that will make the OTT leader the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.
Content will be available to watch instantly in the pay-TV window on TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones and appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2, the recently-announced remake of Dirty Dancing.
Among recent Lionsgate UK filmsavailable to watch instantly in the UK and Ireland are The Mechanic, Saw 3D and the original The Expendables as well as catalogue titles including Reservoir Dogs, Blair Witch Project, 3:10 to Yuma, and Good Night and Good Luck.
"Lionsgate is an important and successful supplier of television series and movies to us in all of our territories," explained Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. "We are proud to be the exclusive pay-TV TV home for Lionsgate theatrically-released films in the UK and Ireland."
"Netflix is the leading worldwide brand in steaming movies and they have an incredible service in North America. We are very excited to be working with them as they launch their service and bring our movies to audiences in the UK and Ireland," added Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK CEO