Netflix Announces UK Launch And Key Contracts
Netflix will be launching its digital film business in the UK, according to a report from The Guardian. The US company will be launching a low-cost service to rivals already provided by the Amazon-owned Lovefilm and BSkyB. As well as major film releases, Netflix customers will also be able to access UK television series such as Channel 4's Skins.
Netflix have already secured a number of deals with major film studios and broadcasters, including the BBC - with popular series such as Top Gear and Doctor Who set to be available for UK customers. Miramax, Lionsgate and Mgm are also on board, meaning that major film releases such as Pulp Fiction and Kick-Ass will also be included for people to stream via their computers or internet-enabled televisions.
Netflix UK have launched a service that includes unlimited streaming for £5.99 a month, with a one-month free trial offer via their website. The service is linked to the social media website Facebook, through which customers can share details with friends about what they are watching. With the online streaming market booming, Lovefilm have already begun to increase the number of titles that they have available to stream in an attempt to combat Netflix's influence. They have secured deals with the owners of the Twilight saga as well as The Social Network and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy.