With Disney Movies Secured, Netflix Pushes for Additional Content

Dec 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

One day after announcing a major deal with Walt Disney, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos tells the New York Post that the company is talking with other studios to “accelerate the windows and get fresher content."

As previously announced, Netflix struck a deal that puts it in direct competition with pay-TV services such as HBO and Starz. The three-year deal with Disney, which takes effect in 2016, gives Netflix the exclusive U.S. rights to movies from the Walt Disney Studios.

Asked whether Netflix would look to Universal or Warner Bros. for similar deals, Sarandos replied, "Warner’s deal [with HBO] is up in 2014. This gives Warner the opportunity to do other things, to look at this.”

A deal between Warner Bros. and Netflix would appear to be less likely given that Time Warner owns both HBO and Warner Bros., the story says. But Sarandos pointed out that Netflix is working with Universal to get movies that HBO perhaps doesn’t want, the piece adds.

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