Netflix has announced that it has tied up a deal with MGM which means Irish and UK customers will get access to the studio’s titles when it launches early next year.
It was only last month when Netflix finally confirmed the long ex[ecetged move into the UK and Irish markets and this announcement is the first contentpartnership, with more likely to follow.
The multi-year licensing agreement will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for most first-run feature films from MGM. This means that Netflix customers will get to see MGM films one year after release.
Films such the two Hobbit films will be among the highlights to appear exclusively on the service in the coming years. An extensive selection of the MGM catalogue titles will also be available on Netflix in the UK and Ireland, including Capote, Fargo, and The Usual Suspects.
"We are delighted to be entering the UK and Ireland with a legendary studio like MGM at our side," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. "And we are excited to be extending our relationship with MGM from the U.S. to these important markets and proud to be the exclusive home for their films in the traditional Pay TV window."
The MGM tie up will put even more pressure on Lovefilm, which is the direct competition for Netflix in the UK, and we expect to see more announcements like this from Netflix as it builds up to the launch in the UK and Ireland early next year.