Netflix Gets Korean Streams, Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State’19 Oct, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Streaming pioneer continues quest to acquire eclectic content to separate itself from encroaching OTT competitors and pay-TV channels
CJ E&M Corp., a Korean film distributor, has inked a streaming deal with Netflix that enables its subscribers to watch 20 select titles, including Moss O, Slimed, The Servant, I’m a Cyborg But That’s Okay and Japanese-language movie Killer Bride’s Perfect Crime, among others.
Since expanding its vaunted streaming service outside the United States, Netflix is pursuing a content acquisition strategy predicated as much on recent TV series and major Hollywood movies as regional foreign language fare.
“This is part of our ongoing commitment to expand our members' access to exceptional and high-quality content from around the globe,” Lisa Nishimura, VP of independent content acquisition for Netflix, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Netflix Oct. 18 began exclusively streaming controversial writer-director Kevin Smith’s Red State, the same day the profane, anti-establishment horror movie was released at retail on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
In a move typical of Smith’s career and persona, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma announced the availability of Red State on Netflix via the following colorful social media tweet.
“Just hit an important milestone in the ongoing life of our latest flick: I'm watching RED STATE on @Netflix — ON MY PHONE! IN THE TOILET!!!”
Meanwhile, the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Red State from Lionsgate, unlike Netflix, include a making-of documentary, a Sundance film festival speech by Smith, a conversation with former “Adam 12” actor Michael Parks, deleted scenes, trailers with introductions from Smith and a poster gallery with an intro by Smith.