Good news if you’re sick to death of movies that weren’t that great when you first saw them in the mid 1990s: The Wall Street Journal reports that Netflix has landed a plum deal to show Disney movies earlier than any other subscription TV service, to the tune of seven months or so after they leave theaters. Usually the deal goes to a premium outfit like HBO; Starz has the rights until 2015.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told the Journal:
“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay TV window, some of the highest-quality, most imaginative family films being made today.”
Not to mention the move is likely to help as Netflix attempts to fight off incursions by rivals like Amazon. No word on the terms of the deal, which probably cost a pretty penny; we eagerly await a look at that SEC disclosure.
Unfortunately for users, 2016 is quite a while away, meaning you’ll likely be re-watching a lot of Law and Order and Say Yes to the Dress in the meantime. Direct-to-video releases will appear next year, however, in case any of you were really jonesing to see Planes, the spinoff to Cars.