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Amazon’s LoveFilm Secures Sony Pictures Content

21 Dec, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

LoveFilm, the United Kingdom-based disc and digital rental service owned by Amazon, Dec. 21 said it signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television for exclusive streaming access to movies and TV shows, beginning next June.

Starting next summer, LoveFilm’s 1.9 million subscribers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway will have access to Sony movies, such as Oscar winner The Social Network; Salt, starring Angelina Jolie; and 2012, among others.

Television programs include children’s animated series “Transformers,” “The Spectacular Spider-Man” and “The Karate Kid.” The pact also includes No. 1 box office hit Arthur Christmas.

The agreement, which follows similar deals with Warner Bros., Studiocanal, The Walt Disney Co., Entertainment One, Lionsgate and Momentum, comes a day after rival Netflix announced a content transaction with BBC Worldwide for its pending streaming service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“The number of recent high-profile deals we have secured means we are able to keep expanding the service, offering our members high-quality films and TV and the ability to watch as much as they want for one low monthly price,” LoveFilm CEO Simon Calver said in a statement.

LoveFilm boasts a rental catalog of more than 70,000 titles available by-mail on Blu-ray Disc and DVD and via streaming — the latter accessed on more than 175 Internet-connected devices, including the PC, PlayStation3, iPad and Xbox 360, plus a growing number of Blu-ray players and Internet-connected TVs.


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