The Netflix instant streaming experience received a major boost through the just announced deal reached between Netflix and EPIX. The “multi-year deal” will enable Netflix customers to instantly stream titles in the EPIX library, granting subscribers access to movies from Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount.
EPIX will permit Netflix to stream movies 90 days after they debut through television on-demand options. That will still leave Netflix behind the curve of physical DVD purchases and rentals, but it will open the service up to a large library of content that members can stream to compatible devices.
The Netflix/EPIX partnership will spell out more viewing choices as early as next month. September 1, 2010 will be the day when the deal goes into effect and Netflix can begin streaming eligible films from the EPIX catalogue.