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Netflix, Disney Studios to offer premium pay TV window for Canadian audience

MUMBAI: Internet TV subscription service Netflix and US media conglomerate Walt Disney Studios have announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive Canadian subscription television service for first-run Disney live-action and animated feature films.

Beginning with 2015 theatrically released feature films, Netflix Canada members can enjoy new titles from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios.

Approximately eight months after titles leave theaters – quicker than has traditionally been the case on premium pay TV – Canadian Netflix subscribers will be able to watch new releases from The Walt Disney Studios in the home and on the go.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “We are delighted to be the new pay TV home in Canada for the world’s highest-quality, most imaginative and entertaining films. Canadians of all ages will have an incredible range of great stories and characters to look forward to.”
isney-ABC Domestic Television executive VP, pay television and digital Dan Cohen said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Canadian Netflix subscribers will be able to experience Disney’s premium films in the pay TV window. Netflix continues to be a highly-valued partner on a global scale and we couldn’t be more pleased to extend our great relationship with this exciting new agreement.”

Netflix launched its Canada service in 2010 and is now the home of first-run pay TV films from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and 20th Century Fox, original series like ‘House of Cards’, ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Derek’ and a range of films and TV series from Canada, Hollywood and beyond.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.