Netflix, Disney Strike Netherlands Deal
Netflix will have exclusive Dutch subscription VOD rights for Disney titles.
COLOGNE, Germany – Netflix has signed a deal with Walt Disney Studios that gives the online VOD service exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights in the Netherlands for all animated and live action films Disney releases in the territory.
The multi-year deal, which kicks off in early 2014, includes both new and library product and features titles from all of Disney's studios.
Highlights include Marvel's The Avengers, Pixar's Monsters University and Disney's The Lone Ranger, as well as back catalogue titles including The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Wall-E and Ratatouille. ABC television productions, including episodes of Lost, are also part of the Dutch deal.
The deal is a boost to Netflix's nascent Dutch operations, which launched last month.
If successful, the agreement could signal a major shift in Europe, where the rollout of VOD services, such as Netflix, has lagged behind that of the United States.