Netflix Signs Disney Deal; Canada to Get “The Hunger Games” on Dec. 31



Netflix has announced they have signed a deal with Disney to show their content to the customers starting in 2013 with direct-to-video new releases, and later 2016 with feature films from a variety of studios:

Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disney nature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.

Separately, Disney and Netflix have reached agreement on a multi-year catalog deal that today brings to U.S. Netflix members such beloved Disney movies such as “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

This is a huge deal for Netflix as the company seeks to continuously find ways to attract new subscribers. This looks to be one of them.

Netflix Canada to Exclusively Get “The Hunger Games” on Dec. 31st

In a separate announcement, Netflix has noted Canada will be the first to get “The Hunger Games” before anyone else, including the USA. The hit title will be available on December 31st.

“We are excited to be the exclusive online home for the Hunger Games in Canada, and we think that our Canadian members are going to be thrilled with the latest addition to the service,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “We are pleased that our continued relationship with Alliance benefits our subscribers directly.”

In February of 2013, Netflix will exclusively debut the political thriller House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey.

Netflix costs $7.99/month and the first month is free. You can watch Netflix content from any iOS device, game console, or Mac/PC.


  • draz

    Glad to see Disney movies back on Netflix and now in Canada! I remembered they had some Disney movies in the US library or maybe it was another company that distributed Disney movies because I watched Tron on Netflix when it was available.

    I like the new deals Netflix is making is including Canada as well. Love it

  • You are totally missing the story, here. Netflix will have the rights to show Star Wars: Episode VII in 2016…. #duh 😛

  • Olley

    No South Park, No thanks.

  • Jon

    Nothing in this article says Canada is getting anything from Disney. You guys are all jumping the gun. Looks at vs Notice anything? That’s right, Disney in the US, not Canada.

  • We’ll have to see about that 😉

  • Most titles from the US will make its way to Canada. I can’t see how this deal wouldn’t be extended to other Netflix countries.

  • draz

    Send a Tweet over to @Netflix_CA and see what happens.

  • draz

    South Park won’t be up here any time soon. Or maybe not at all. CTV has rights to pretty much all of Comedy Central’s library.

  • draz

    Kind of related Netflix news. Netflix Canada will get Fringe, Dark Knight Rises, and other Warner Bros titles starting Jan 1st

  • gtasscarlo

    Even my free first month membership isn’t worth renewing. Netflix has nothing really special. A few good movies and television shows. But it rarely is update with the latest seasons of shows.

  • Mark

    Netflix Canada has always been way behind what is offered in the US. The party line is that they are trying to get Canada caught up. Doesn’t seem to be happening though.

  • Mark

    The line “in the pay TV window” confused me. My gut reaction was to think Netflix is adding an option to pay extra for certain shows. I’m sure my gut is wrong.

  • Jon

    Netflix has Disney in the past but Canada was excluded then too.

  • Jon

    The Disney deal is US only.

  • MrXax

    I noticed that Star Trek: TNG is on Netflix Canada, now. Hopefully the other Trek series will follow.

  • Any users with VPN access will be able to get this content on Netflix USA, but of course that requires some extra work to setup.

  • With an Apple TV 2 or 3 and Unblock-US, (DNS Servers, not VPN) it’s really no trouble at all. 🙂

  • So you never watch TV shows or movies that are more than a year old?

    Netflix isn’t about getting new releases. It’s about getting a wide selection of unlimited entertainment content for only $8/month. I find there is a lot of content on Netflix that makes it worth the $8/month subscription.

  • Licensing deals in Canada are different from those in the US. Sure they’ll try to get Disney content in Canada, but nothing’s guaranteed. Remember how long it took the iTunes Store to open in Canada?

  • gtasscarlo

    Well they should at least get content within the year at least. The USA netflix content is rich, while here it is basic. Netflix should add more or charge less.