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Netflix extends indie film offerings

Members can watch 300 new indie titles instantly online

NEW YORK -- Netflix on Monday unveiled deals with a slew of independent film distributors that will allow Netflix members to watch via online stream indie titles from the partners.

The agreements with distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing expand the company's popular indie film offerings.

In all, Netflix members will be able to watch some 300 new indie titles instantly online. Some titles will be available right away, while others will become available early next year.

"We have always been committed to offering our members the most expansive and diverse library of films and TV episodes and have found that a large number of members enjoy the innovative, artist-driven nature of independent film," said Robert Kyncl, vp of content acquisition for Netflix. "These new deals are intended to delight our members with a mass of great new indie films and to continue to provide filmmakers and distributors with a big, receptive audience for their work."

Covered by the agreements are such films as 2009 Academy Award winner in the best foreign language film category "Departures," "Wendy and Lucy" starring Michelle Williams; and biopic "Seraphine" about self-taught French painter Seraphine Louis.