Netflix and MGM Studios have signed a multi-year licensing agreement which will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for many first-run films from MGM.
Upcoming movies such as Lord of the Rings prequels The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will arrive exclusively on Netflix one year after their theatrical release.
Other such films which will arrive on Netflix a year after appearing in the cinemas include Zookeeper, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and 21 Jump Street.
Along with this, an extensive selection of MGM’s catalogue will be available on Netflix in the UK and Ireland, including Fargo, The Usual Suspects, West Side Story and Capote.
MGM films will be available within the pay TV window on Netflix when it arrives in the UK and Ireland early next year.
‘We are delighted to be entering the UK and Ireland with a legendary studio like MGM at our side,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.
“And we are excited to be extending our relationship with MGM from the U.S. to these important markets and proud to be the exclusive home for their films in the traditional Pay TV window”
Further content agreements with studios will likely be announced as the release date for Netflix in the UK and Ireland approaches.