Netflix inks deals with independent distributors to stream movies

MUMBAI: Netflix, Inc has inked a number of deals with distributors of independent film that will give Netflix members the opportunity to instantly watch hundreds of new indie titles in addition to the trove of existing independent films available through the Netflix service.

Netflix has consummated non-exclusive licensing agreements to instantly stream award-winning and critically acclaimed films from distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing. Taken together, the deals expand the depth and breadth of films available to be watched instantly at Netflix and extend the company’s reputation as a leading source of independent film.

In all, some 300 new indie titles can now be watched instantly or will become available to do so early next year. In some cases, Netflix has struck output deals to stream all new releases from particular distributors as they become available during the course of the agreements. For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers via Netflix ready devices and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.

"We have always been committed to offering our members the most expansive and diverse library of films and TV episodes and have found that a large number of members enjoy the innovative, artist-driven nature of independent film. These new deals are intended to delight our members with a mass of great new indie films and to continue to provide filmmakers and distributors with a big, receptive audience for their work," said Netflix vice president of content acquisition Robert Kyncl.

Some of the films that will become available to watch instantly at Netflix under the new agreements are Departures, Wendy and Lucy, A Nos Amours, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Good Dick, As It Is in Heaven and Seraphine.