After a series of very (and I mean very) questionable moves in the past year or so, Netflix has finally made a good one for US subscribers. Certain Weinstein Company films will now make their pay television debut on Netflix, as opposed to traditional pay cable. These “certain films” include foreign language, documentary, and other selected films, including the very well-received silent film, The Artist.
The multi-year licensing deal will ensure that a variety of specialty Weinstein films appear exclusively on Netflix, within one year of their theatrical release, including the French-language WWII drama Sarah’s Key and a documentary about bullying in America’s school, aptly named Bully.
While Netflix touts big numbers about how much content they stream to customers, the fact of the matter is that they are playing a massive game of catch-up with the other services. While this deal, as well as deals adding shows from the CW and movies and TV shows from Disney, should help to fill out the online selection a little better, Netflix still has a long way to go if they want to reclaim their undisputed title as the premier streaming video service.
Of course, if you want to see The Artist, it sounds like you’ll be able to buy the Blu-ray long before it hits Netflix. But this is something, at least.
Via: [The Wall Street Journal]