Netflix, Disney Announce Feature Film Agreement

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Net­flix Inc. and The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany announced Tues­day a new multi-year licens­ing agree­ment that will make Net­flix the exclu­sive United States sub­scrip­tion tele­vi­sion ser­vice for first-run ani­mated and live-action fea­ture films 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 Dis­ney­na­ture 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 brought to U.S. Net­flix mem­bers Tues­day such beloved Dis­ney movies as the ani­mated 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 Ted Saran­dos, chief con­tent offi­cer at Net­flix. “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 lineup,” 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.

Finan­cial terms of the agree­ment were not disclosed.

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