Netflix, Miramax Deal Brings Oscar Winners and Cult Classics to Customers

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Netflix has announced a new multi-year deal with Miramax to bolster its ever-expanding catalog of available-for-streaming movie titles. That means users will get access to some classics from Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, among others.

Films include (but are not limited to) Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2, Clerks, Chasing Amy, From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids movies, Good Will Hunting, Cold Mountain, and of course Reindeer Games.

Miramax says the movies included in the deal have a total of 284 Academy Award nominations among them (and 68 wins). Granted, I don't believe Reindeer Games falls into that category, unfortunately.

"Netflix is thrilled to enter into this deal with the new team at Miramax," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.  "Existing relationships with management and a shared affinity for these great films make this an important deal for both companies and for our members, who will enjoy instantly watching movies from one of the truly great film libraries for many years to come."

"From day one, we've been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films -- delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want," said Miramax CEO Mike Lang.

"This agreement is an important first step in our digital strategy," he added. "Netflix has always been a trailblazer, with a tremendous track record of innovation and quality customer service.  We're thrilled to now be in business with them as we build and revitalize the proud Miramax brand."

As competition mounts in the streaming movie space, Netflix seems to be making content deals faster than ever. That should not only help to keep existing customers from jumping ship, but also bring more on board. With studios putting movie rentals on Facebook and Google renting movies directly through the Android Market and through YouTube (just to name a couple of recent entrants to the race), things aren't going to get easier for the company.

Meanwhile, Netflix also continues to expand upon the list of supported devices. Last week, they announced a new Android app for some devices, and said that they were developing for others.

Netflix is not available for Google's other operating system (Chrome OS) yet, but the company says it is working with Google to have it available soon.

The Miramax deal will go into effect in June for Netflix subscribers in the U.S.

[Image: From Dusk Till Dawn]
Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.