Open Road Films and Netflix announced today a multi-year partnership that will bring Open Road films to Netflix for digital streaming in the “pay TV window” after their DVD release. Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg said, “Netflix provides us the opportunity to bring Open Road Films titles to consumers in the most innovative ways possible, and this partnership is an important part of our new model for theatrical distribution. As we establish Open Road Films as a dynamic company, we couldn’t be more pleased about working with the team at Netflix as they continue to break new ground.”
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Full press release:
Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2011 – Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Open Road Films today announced a multi-year agreement to bring movies distributed theatrically by Open Road Films exclusively to Netflix for digital streaming in the “pay TV window,” after their release on DVD. The deal will allow Netflix members to instantly watch OpenRoad Films titles on various devices streaming from Netflix.
Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg stated, “Netflix provides us the opportunity to bring Open Road Films titles to consumers in the most innovative ways possible, and this partnership is an important part of our new model for theatrical distribution. As we establish Open Road Films as a dynamic company, we couldn’t be more pleased about working with the team at Netflix as they continue to break new ground.”
Added Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, “Netflix is happy to be in business with Tom Ortenberg and the rest of the team at Open Road Films. With their keen eye for commercial content and a savvy business plan, we are confident that Open Road will bring Netflix members adiverse array of successful and high-quality films.”
Open Road Films’ debut film – the action thriller Killer Elite starring Jason Statham, Robert DeNiro and Clive Owen – is scheduled to be one of the first titles available to Netflix members under the new deal. The Host, the big screen adaptation of Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel – which will be directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”) and will star Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”) – is set for theatrical release on March 29, 2013 and is another highly-anticipated film that will be available
for streaming via Netflix in the future. Additional Open Road Films titles that will be available to Netflix members will be announced soon.
With more than 23 million members in the United States and Canada, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For $7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 200 devices that stream from Netflix are available in the U.S. and a growing number are available in Canada. For more information, visit www.netflix.com.
About Open Road Films
Founded earlier this year by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies in the United States, Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution company. Open RoadFilms’ first release, Killer Elite, the action-thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, is scheduled for release nationwide on September 23, 2011. More info on Killer Elite at: www.KillerElite.com, www.facebook.com/KillerEliteMovie and @Killer_Elite; more info on Open Road Films at: www.openroadfilms.com, www.facebook.com/OpenRoadFilms and @OpenRoadFilms.