Netflix secures exclusive Dutch Disney S-VOD rights

Lifestyle Popcorn NetflixNetflix has secured the exclusive subscription video on demand rights for all animation and live action movies in the Netherlands released through Walt Disney Studios.

The multi-year deal becomes effective early 2014 and comprises new and library product from all Disney studios, Disney, Disney Pixar and Marvel with titles such as Marvel’s The Avengers, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger.

Back titles include Ratatouille, Wall-E, Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl, The Jungle Book, The Muppets, UP as well as classic library titles including Mary Poppins and Lady and the Tramp. Also included are productions from ABC, including episodes of Lost.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to be bringing our Dutch members such a fantastic mix of Disney content and to be the exclusive premium pay TV home to new films, beginning in 2014.”

Catherine Powell, senior VP & GM, Disney Media Distribution, EMEA said: “Working with Netflix gives us the perfect opportunity to offer their members in the Netherlands a superb variety of Disney movies through a high quality and convenient viewing experience.”

The deal between Netflix and Disney is a blow for the two main Dutch pay-TV broadcasters, Chellomedia’s Film1 and HBO, who both run a VOD service alongside their premium linear channels. It is a significant development that Disney Studios has chosen a OTT provider rather than one of the traditional, established premium platforms for its subscription video on demand.