Lovefilm Germany Signs Content Deal With Indie Distributor Tobis

8:59 AM PST 03/13/2012 by Scott Roxborough
Focus Features
"Brokeback Mountain"

The pact for the Amazon-owned online video group follows similar agreements with Disney-ABC and Koch Media in the territory.

COLOGNE, Germany - While Netflix continues its slowly, slowly approach to the European market -- the U.S. online video giant has so far only launched in the U.K. and Ireland -- competitor Lovefilm continues to expand its offerings in Germany, the company's largest territory outside the U.K.

On Tuesday, Lovefilm announced another carriage deal, this time with local indie distributor Tobis Film, which will give Lovefilm rights to Tobis titles such as In Bruges, Brokeback Mountain and Roman Polanski's The Pianist for the German market.

A subsidiary of Amazon, Lovefilm has signed similar content deals for the German market with Disney-ABC and local indie Koch Media. The Disney deal includes streaming rights for such hit ABC series as Desperate Housewives, Castle and Lost.

Lovefilm is Europe's largest on-demand video company, with more than 2 million subscribers in the U.K., Germany and Scandinavia.

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