By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 01 Feb 2010
Netflix Feb. 1 said it inked non-exclusive distribution deals with a group of independent movie distributors that will give its subscribers access to more than 300 new movie streams.
The distributors include The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing.
Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix, which is expanding its business through electronic distribution, has been attempting to upgrade access to both physical and digital studio content, underscored by last month's new deal with Warner Home Video.
Among the titles available for streaming now or in the near future, include Departures (Regent Releasing/Here Films), Yojiro Takita's 2009 Academy Award winning best foreign film; Wendy and Lucy (Oscilloscope), the 2008 story of a woman and her dog on the edge, starring Michelle Williams; two classic French indie films, A Nos Amours and Au Revoir Les Enfants (Criterion); Good Dick (Gravitas), written by, directed and starring Scottish-born Marianna Palka; As it is in Heaven (Kino Lorber), the 2004 Swedish best foreign film nominee about a conductor and the choir he inspires; and Séraphine (Music Box) and 2009 biopic about self-taught French painter Seraphine Louis.
“These new deals are intended to delight our members with a mass of great new indie films and to continue to provide filmmakers and distributors with a big, receptive audience for their work,” said Robert Kyncl, VP of content acquisition for Netflix.
Indeed, of Netflix's 12 million subscribers, more than 70% rented catalog DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles, including indies, in December.