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Netflix to stream IFC films

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Nov 2009 17:02 User comments (11)

Netflix to stream IFC films IFC Entertainment has announced that 53 documentaries and other independent titles will now be available through Netflix's popular Watch Instantly streaming service.
A few of the films included are the Errol Morris documentaries "The Thin Blue Line" and "Gates of Heaven, Christopher Nolan’s debut, "Following," and "When Will I Be Loved." For foreign films, the movies include the hits "Brothers" and "Gabrielle," among many others.

The streaming service is free for users who have unlimited Netflix subscriptions, which start at $8.99, and is available on PC, Macs, and a plethora of devices including the PS3 and Xbox 360.

"Netflix has always championed independent cinema and has creatively built audiences for films in this genre, and we’re excited to give their customers instant access to this wide-ranging collection of independent film,” adds Lisa Schwartz, executive VP at IFC Entertainment, via VB. “Our top priority is to make independent film available to a wider audience, and this partnership further underscores that commitment."

Robert Kyncl, VP of content acquisition at Netflix says: “Partnering with IFC Films gives us the opportunity to expand the number of quality films that our subscribers can watch instantly. This deal reinforces our commitment to bringing diversity to the library and properties like this collection of titles bring us closer to that goal.”

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11 user comments

122.11.2009 22:47

I hope they get more...I'm not trying to complain or anything, it just seems a bit odd to make an announcement over adding 53 movies to a collection of thousands.

223.11.2009 19:00

To be honest I can't see the point in Netflix, if you have access to good HD sites, and standard VoD (BTVision for example, that's dirt cheap with loads of free content) and a Blu-ray/Blu-ray burner or HDD to play stuff back on, that's all you'll ever need.

And not to forget good old Blockbuster.

Netflix just another expensive armchair slob product like SkyHD.

323.11.2009 22:04
kubapolak
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I like netflix and I am excited about their expansions...hope they will keep coming (and the prices will remain the same) :)

423.11.2009 23:35

Originally posted by Mombasa69:
And not to forget good old Blockbuster.

1.) Blockbuster's selection sucks.
2.) Blockbuster edits and censors their movies, and refuses to carry many titles completely.
3.) Blockbuster costs more.

If you don't like netflix, I can't see how you would like blockbuster...they offer the same kind of service, netflix just gives you more service for less money.

The netflix streaming service was good, and is now very good (at least if used with a PS3). I have not found any HD streaming sites that look as good as netflix on a PS3. On top of that, you have movies being delivered to your door, and you can upgrade to bluray for a tiny fee.

The streaming selection is also larger that anyone else that I have found...and if a movie isn't available for streaming, it is almost always available on DVD or BluRay. Many of the titles I have not been able to find for sale anywhere...even used on ebay and amazon.

524.11.2009 11:28

I already have VoD from BT Vision, endless documentaries, dramas, comedies, all at no extra cost, the whole set up only costs £6 a month. (erm and able to record from it onto DVD) Also I can get great deals from my local Blockbuster 5 Blu-rays for a tenner for 4 days (loads to choose from), and you can copy them in full HD too, erm... not that I'd ever do that of course lol.

Oh and I use moviepro.net to purchase dirt cheap (thanks to a bonus when you top-up, and pounds sterling converted to dollars is great for the pocket, moviepro.net offers loads of HD movies 720/1080 and SD, (all of which can easily be transfered onto DVD/Blu-ray disc to watch when you want, ran out of room on my HDD's.

I can't use the Netflix disc postal option, because the idiot postman keeps posting to the wrong bloody address.

I watch most movies at my girlfriend's, on her Blu-ray, the max broadband in that area is 2mbps, useless for downloading or streaming. So what's the point of me bothering with Netflix?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 24 Nov 2009 @ 11:33

624.11.2009 12:20

Originally posted by Mombasa69:
I can't use the Netflix disc postal option, because the idiot postman keeps posting to the wrong bloody address.

I watch most movies at my girlfriend's, on her Blu-ray, the max broadband in that area is 2mbps, useless for downloading or streaming. So what's the point of me bothering with Netflix?
There's no point in you bothering with Netflix which is why (as you stated in your first post) you can't see the point. That doesn't make it a useless "armchair slob" (whatever that means). All those other alternatives are great for you, since they help you overcome the obstacles you encounter in seeing any value in Netflix.

I had no reason to get Netflix until it came out on the PS3. I'm glad the IFC doors are open. More selections will definitely come. Looking forward to it!

725.11.2009 4:58

Just comes down to the crappy broadband speeds available in the UK, Japan average is 90mbps, Korea 40, world average is 4.75, and the UK is.... '4'... I mean ffs.

825.11.2009 5:14

It's not about averages, it is about what you have! If the average speed was 56K and you had a 30mbps/30mbps connection, would the average matter to you?

Here in the US broadband speeds suck...some places don't even have cable, and most areas don't have fiber. Still, even a basic 30mbps/3mbps cable connection is more than enough to stream at near DVD quality, and the PS3's cell engine makes the videos look awesome.

If you only have 2mbps, then you are the minority, even in the UK. Most modern 3G cell phones have better speeds than that...and 4G is on the way with 17mbps.



925.11.2009 7:49

Agree it will get better eventually, my girlfriend's broadband is less than 2mbps (on a good day), at my home it's anything from 1mbps to 6, utter crap.


8-Track Stereo forever!

103.12.2009 0:54

I've been using Netflix for years for their DVD service and then for streaming through the Roku Netflix Player. I'm completely satisfied. For $9/month I get an incredible number of movies with new content being added all the time. The site is easy to use and well done. The quality with the Roku is simply superb. I hardly ever watch DVD's any more. The Roku is plug-n-play and now also has stuff like Pandora,BlipTV, Amazon VOD (of no use to me at all) and so on.

I also have an LG Blu-Ray w/YouTube and Netflix, but the Roku is better for Netflix. The LG is fine, though, for Blu-Ray and YouTube, I have another HD media player for internet content, DivX, mkv, inet radio and just about anything else. They're all good and fun, but the Roku+Netflix is hands down the best value of them all.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Dec 2009 @ 0:55

119.2.2010 15:48

Try using ipod-lounge.com to download ipod movies for your iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch PSP and more. Great iTunes alternative site with no membership fees.

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