‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to Stream on Netflix…in Canada
Back in 2012, Disney and Netflix reached an agreement giving the latter exclusive streaming rights to the Disney library, which includes Marvel and Pixar films and Star Wars. That deal is set to go into effect on January 1, 2016, and for the last couple of months there’s been an increase in speculation about whether all six Star Wars films would end up on the service. Last week, we learned that Netflix is in negotiations to exclusively stream Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it looks like they’ve reached a deal — in one territory, at least.
According to Variety, Netflix has reached a deal with Disney for exclusive streaming rights to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — in Canada, anyway. The film will arrive on Netflix Instant in Canada about eight months after it leaves theaters, so probably sometime next October.
Why only Canada? As of now, Disney has an existing output deal with Starz that isn’t up until the end of this year. Netflix’s deal with the studio doesn’t begin until January 1, 2016 and includes rights to future titles — The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, which means that Starz retains those rights. But Netflix Canada’s deal with Disney began this year, meaning Canadian subscribers will get films like The Force Awakens, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.
There’s still hope for the first six Star Wars films to come to Netflix in the U.S., as the streaming service is actively in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm to reach an agreement.
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