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
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
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