Netflix secures rights to show Miramax movies

Netflix continues to gain traction among consumers tired of having to have massive libraries of DVD movies on their shelves. Today the company's blog site announced that Netflix has secured a multi-year deal to show movies from Miramax on its streaming video service. The movies from the film studio will begin appearing on Netflix starting in June. Specific financial details on the streaming video deal were not revealed.

Miramax was founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 1979 and was purchased by Disney in 1993. In July 2010 Miramax was sold by Disney to an investor group for about $660 million. Miramax is known for its embrace of films made for little money by independent directors such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. Netflix has confirmed that films from those directors like Clerks, Chasing Amy, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 are part of the new streaming movie deal along with movies like Bad Santa, Cold Mountain, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love and others. Miramax also has a genre movie label, Dimensions Films, and Netflix will show movies from that brand as well, including some of  the Scream, Halloween, and Scary Movie feature films.

Ironically Google was rumored to be interested in buying the streaming video rights to Miramax's movies last November, but ultimately no deal was ever announced. Netflix is now competing with Google's YouTube along with other online streaming video services like Hulu, Vudu and others for the rights to show movies from various studios.

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why can't multiple companies stream the same movies... i hate having to have 15 different accounts for simple stuff.

capr said,
why can't multiple companies stream the same movies... i hate having to have 15 different accounts for simple stuff.

It's called exclusive licensing. If you were a company, wouldn't you want an exclusive hold on a certain company to draw in customers? AT&T did it with the iPhone, DirecTV is doing it with the NFL and I'm sure you can think of others.

It sucks for you but if you were desperate enough, you'll switch to that service or just have multiple services (it depends on how much you want to spend). And people wonder why movie piracy continues.

Great news! I'm still p1ssed at Netflix though for showing say 1 part of 3 for various movie titles like Lord of the Rings, I can stream part1 but can't stream the other 2..wtf!! Things like that get me a little peeved at Netflix but over all I'm still pleased with the service. But give it another year and you won't be able to stream but a few high quality titles without hitting a bandwidth cap *rolls eyes*.

sava700 said,
Great news! I'm still p1ssed at Netflix though for showing say 1 part of 3 for various movie titles like Lord of the Rings, I can stream part1 but can't stream the other 2..wtf!! Things like that get me a little peeved at Netflix but over all I'm still pleased with the service. But give it another year and you won't be able to stream but a few high quality titles without hitting a bandwidth cap *rolls eyes*.

And I'm rolling my eyes at your ignorant comment. Do you really think that it is Netflix's fault that they aren't allowed to stream everything you want? Why be ****ed off at them for something that is the fault of the movie studios?

cyberdrone2000 said,
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any word as to whether these will be available in Canada?

Probably not. We seem to be getting the shaft from Netflix. What annoys me the most is they give us access to certain things, and other things which should be included aren't. Highly annoying. Example: You can watch Firefly (The series) but we don't have access to the movie Serenity. So stupid. We can watch The L Word, but not Queer As Folk. Can watch Angel, but not Buffy. I'm sure I've got my point across. Shape up Netflix, or you're going to start bleeding Canadian customers.

nekkidtruth said,

Probably not. We seem to be getting the shaft from Netflix. What annoys me the most is they give us access to certain things, and other things which should be included aren't. Highly annoying. Example: You can watch Firefly (The series) but we don't have access to the movie Serenity. So stupid. We can watch The L Word, but not Queer As Folk. Can watch Angel, but not Buffy. I'm sure I've got my point across. Shape up Netflix, or you're going to start bleeding Canadian customers.


You have to understand that it is the agreements with the movie studio. Don't blame Netflix. Blame the movie studios.

UndergroundWire said,

You have to understand that it is the agreements with the movie studio. Don't blame Netflix. Blame the movie studios.

Exactly. I'm getting rather tired of hearing people bitching about the selection on Netflix, as if Netflix has some desire to limit how many titles are available. If they could, I'm sure they would love to have every movie and TV show ever made available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming, and make them available everywhere in the world. It simply stands to reason that they would want to draw as many customers as they can. The only reason they can't offer certain shows is due to the licensing restrictions placed on them by the studios.

roadwarrior said,

Exactly. I'm getting rather tired of hearing people bitching about the selection on Netflix, as if Netflix has some desire to limit how many titles are available. If they could, I'm sure they would love to have every movie and TV show ever made available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming, and make them available everywhere in the world. It simply stands to reason that they would want to draw as many customers as they can. The only reason they can't offer certain shows is due to the licensing restrictions placed on them by the studios.

I'm well aware of the reasons for it. I don't care who's fault it is, if you're going to provide a service then you should ensure the service is consistent. Besides, as far as I'm concerned with the amount of money Netflix takes in (now including Canada), they should be able to pull better deals. This is a start, but they'll have to do a much better than this. They should also put a lot more time/money into dealing with the television networks as that's where they're going to win more customers.

bob_c_b said,
Some of the bigger named titles will be on a rotating basis, still not that great of a deal.

They are adding more movie options to the Instant Queue, free of charge. How is that NOT a great deal? Troll.