Netflix, Disney Ink Exclusive Pay-TV Deal in Canada17 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Pact gives Netflix Canadian subs access to Disney movies a year ahead of U.S. subs
Netflix and The Walt Disney Co. July 17 announced they have signed an agreement giving the subscription streaming pioneer exclusive pay-TV access to first-run Disney movies in Canada beginning in 2015.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The pact supplements the companies’ 2012 landmark U.S. movie distribution deal, beginning with 2016, in which Netflix becomes the exclusive SVOD service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.
Specifically, Netflix Canada members will be able to stream live-action, animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios titles about eight months after they leave theaters. That’s months ahead of the traditional pay-TV release window.
Netflix launched its first foreign operations in Canada in 2010 and is now the home of first-run pay-TV films from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, plus original series such as the Emmy-nominated “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Derek,” among others.
"Netflix continues to be a highly valued partner on a global scale and we couldn't be more pleased to extend our great relationship with this exciting new agreement,” Dan Cohen, EVP of pay television and digital for Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement.