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Buffy is part of 20th Century Fox & Netflix expanded agreements

In Film, Television on 10 April, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox) and Netflix, Inc. on Friday announced an expansion of their agreements encompassing both physical and digital distribution of Fox movie and television programs.

“In a rapidly changing world of windows and technology, this deal reflects a long-standing relationship between Netflix and Fox and is an example of how we can work together creatively,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “We believe the Fox deal, which brings some of the studio’s great TV franchises and a library of both contemporary and classic movies to the growing percentage of Netflix members who are watching instantly, is a win all around.”

The expansion of the license for Fox streaming content, includes a first-time streaming license for complete prior seasons of several blockbuster television series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Current hit series, popular contemporary movies and award-winning classic films will be available to stream from Netflix. Additional films and shows will be added during the lifetime of the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Twentieth Century Fox will have the ability to determine the window on its content in both streaming and physical formats. The agreement provides for a 28-day window from the home entertainment street date for new Blu-ray and DVD releases, and varying dates of availability for its library and new television programming. Among the first new DVD/Blu-ray releases under the new agreements will be AVATAR, which will be released to Netflix in May (28 days after its 22 April home video debut).

“A key aspect of our content delivery strategy is to provide consumers with attractive options to view our movies and television shows across a broad range of media, windows, and business models,” said Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, co chairmen and CEOs of Fox Filmed Entertainment. “This expanded relationship with Netflix offers our audiences more choice and convenient access to a wide variety of content.”

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