Netflix on new streaming deal with studios (podcast)

Larry Magid talks to Netflix spokesperson Steve Swayse about the just-announced deal allowing it to stream films from Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount.


Netflix adds titles from additional studios to its library of streaming videos. Netflix
Netflix on Tuesday announced a multiyear deal with pay-TV provider EPIX that will add titles from Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount--the three studios that jointly own EPIX.

The arrangement, according to Netflix spokesperson Steve Swayse, gives Netflix the rights to stream movies from these studies 90 days after they debut on premium and pay-TV services.  Titles from these studios will be available starting September 1.

In addition to allowing people to get DVDs and Blu-ray discs via the mail, Netflix also steams thousands of videos via the Internet.  You can access these videos on PCs, Macs, iPads and soon iPhones, iPod Touches  and other mobile devices.  You can also access them on TV sets if your set is equipped with a PlayStation 3, XBox 360, Wii, some models of TiVo or special devices like the Roku, which brings broadband programming to TVs. There are also some TVs with built-in broadband connections that don't require an add-on device to view Netflix videos.  Unlimited streaming is available for all Netflix subscriptions, starting at $8.99 a month.

Larry Magid spoke with Netflix Vice President of Communications Steve Swayse. Click below to listen.


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About the author

Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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