As Netflix, Amazon and Hulu tussle from streaming audiences, the ability to be the exclusive home of certain content is becoming almost as important as offering original series. Want to watch season three of “Downton Abbey”? You have to head to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Care to browse the Criterion Collection? Go to Hulu Plus. And starting in 2016, you’ll need a Netflix subscription to stream new releases from The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films when they first finish up their theatrical runs.
Netflix and the Weinstein Company today announced a new multi-year licensing deal to make Netflix the exclusive pay TV home to first-run TWC films starting in 2016. Starting that year, theatrical releases from TWC and Dimension will spend their pay TV window at Netflix and Netflix only.
Netflix already offers TWC documentaries and foreign films, as well as many Radius titles, in their pay TV window. “Harvey and Bob Weinstein are in a class to themselves when it comes to choosing and producing the best films in the world,” said Netflix’s Ted Sarandos in the announcement. “They are as innovative in business as they are creative in their storytelling. We look forward to reinventing the pay TV window with the Weinsteins.”
“The deal that we’ve just completed with Netflix is probably the biggest deal in the history of The Weinstein Company and together, we are discussing ways to reinvent the pay TV experience so that the audience can get even more for their money,” added Harvey Weinstein. “Their enthusiasm for movies of all kinds was the big factor in our choosing Netflix. Moving forward when people see The Weinstein Company name on a movie they know that our pay TV partner is the most significant new force in the entertainment industry – Netflix.”