Netflix secures exclusive UK Lionsgate deal
November 14, 2011
By Colin Mann
As anticipated, Netflix has further added to its roster of exclusive streaming deals for its planned UK and Ireland roll-out by agreeing a new multi-year licensing agreement with Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio. The exclusive deal is a blow to Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM’s UK aspirations.
Lionsgate UK titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay-TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix plans to launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.
Appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as The Hunger Games; The Expendables 2, and the recently-announced remake of Dirty Dancing.
Among recent Lionsgate UK hits available 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,” confirmed Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer.