To all the dickheads forever whining that the Netflix films available for streaming are often old movies, here’s some good news that’ll make their dicks come to attention.
Very good news, baby.
Netflix today announced a deal with movie studios Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM that will let it offer members new films 90 days after their premium pay TV and subscription on demand debut. In the past, sometimes the rights to distribute these films were pre-sold to pay TV for up to nine years after their theatrical release.
The deal was struck with Epix, a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.
Netflix members on at least the $8.99 plan can stream movies directly to their TVs via a broadband connection from a variety of devices including Roku, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii consoles, Blu-ray disc players from Samsung, LG and Insignia and Internet TVs from LG, Sony and VIZIO.
Effective September 1, Netflix’ new streaming agreement includes library titles as well.
Netflix is the exclusive Internet-only distributor of this content, which means another nail in Blockbuster’s coffin.
In the U.S., Netflix will continue to offer its DVD-by-mail service. As best as we can tell, the Netflix streaming service is available only in the U.S. and lately in Canada.