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Netflix acquires exclusive US rights to Disney movies


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Online video hub Netflix has inked a new multi-year licensing deal securing exclusive US rights to first-run live-action and animated movies from Disney.

The deal, which helps Netflix keep pace with premium cable services such as HBO and Showtime and marks the first time a major Hollywood studio has bypassed those channels, will see feature films from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature become available to Netflix members shortly after they leave theaters.

Disney direct-to-video new releases will hit Netflix from 2013 and the two companies also signed a multi-year deal for older catalog Disney movies including Dumbo, Pocahontas and Alice in Wonderland.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  • Nadia Rosario

    It’s about time that Netflix get some of the greatest movies ever made, but I wonder at what cost to their subscribers. I know that several of the people I work with at DISH and I cancelled our Netflix subscriptions back when they raised prices without improving their new release selection. Several of us moved on to other ways of renting movies, and most of us got DISH’s Blockbuster @Home so that we could stream tons of titles and new releases including everything Disney.

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