The biggest story regarding Netflix has always been, not the technology that they have available to them, but the rights to the content that they are allowed to stream. We haven't heard much about large deals that they've been signing lately, but they have obviously been percolating some other agreements in the background, as they've managed to sign up a few of The Weinstein Company's big awards-season films to streaming deals before they wind up winning big at this weekend's Oscars.
Included among the films that Netflix will eventually start streaming (the deal will take the place of an eventual run on HBO, so you'll probably see them six months to a year after their DVD release):
And other "additional titles." None of these are necessarily box office blockbusters, but they still should attract some attention from movielovers. At the very least, when The Artist comes online, it'll be amusing to see all of the one-star reviews from people claiming that the sound isn't working properly on their streams.
As with all good things, though, it's worth reminding (thanks to user numbbaby) that the Starz Play films are about to expire later this month. It's hard to know precisely what'll be disappearing, but the number of films is over 1,000 titles, with some of the standouts likely including:
- Party Down
- Toy Story 3
- Let Me In
- The Thing
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Vinny's favorite movie, Pandorum
- The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai
- And, of course: Gigli
If you have a moment over the next week, you might wish to pop into the Starz Play section of Netflix, queue up any movies that appeal to you and watch them before they disappear!