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Disney, Starz deal may affect streaming movies on Netflix

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Jan 2010 18:50 User comments (4)

 Disney, Starz deal may affect streaming movies on Netflix According to Bloomberg, Disney and Starz are in negotiations that may eventually affect Netflix's ability to stream Disney films via its "Watch Instantly" service.
Disney is seeking more money from viewers who watch Starz movies online though Netflix and other outlets. Netflix users currently pay no premium for the streaming services. Also under negotiation is digital rights, determining whether DreamWorks and Pixar movies are included with the Starz package or whether Netflix will have to make a deal directly with Disney.

"Netflix may be challenged to retain some of its most appealing content when Starz renews its Disney distribution deal, which expires in 2012," says Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett.

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4 user comments

117.1.2010 17:26

I log in to Netflix and it says:

This week Netflix members are watching "Monsters Inc"

Anyone know how the licensing agreements work for netflix to stream the content? Think it's a flat rate (Netflix can steam a movie to an unlimited number of customers by paying X dollars) or does Netflix pay-per-stream?

Either way, the service is very affordable and user friendly. Gotta love it!

218.1.2010 9:48

Way to go Disney. Gotta love these corporations trying to squeeze blood from a penny!

318.1.2010 12:24

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Way to go Disney. Gotta love these corporations trying to squeeze blood from a penny!
Exactly....what is wrong with these people? Netflix streaming is exploding. Why ruin a good thing? Everything is "more money" bottom line. It'll never end....more money....higher profits...gimme gimme gimme....we only made $1 billion in profits this year? We need to make more! Raise the bar, set the new standard! We promised the shareholders 20% more! The customers can eat it...

419.1.2010 3:46

Interesting idea - Try to dictate how a market you don't understand will work. That strategy has been such a success for the record labels I can't see how this could possibly backfire.

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