LoveFilm Signs Content Deal with Twentieth Century Fox
Amazon-owned streaming video service LoveFilm announced a multi-year content deal today with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The deal will provide subscribers with access to recent movies and TV programs, but only during what's known as the second pay television window.
The arrangement will include movies released in the U.K. in 2011, but subscribers won't get access to the new titles until March 2013. LoveFilm didn't mention specific titles that will be available, but said that U.S. television programs "Sons of Anarchy" (early seasons only), and "24", "Prison Break," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Angel" (all seasons for those four) will be included.
The announcement was short on specifics, such as how many additional titles will be available to subscribers and how long the availability window will be. One of the problems with streaming movie services is that subscribers don't know how long they have access to titles, and are surprised when saved titles disappear from their queues. LoveFilm also didn't announce how much it had paid for the content.
"It feels great to announce another major studio deal for LoveFilm. Twentieth Century Fox is one of the world's leading studios, known across the globe for creating fantastic, iconic content. This partnership will give LoveFilm members access to the studio's huge range of recent movies and the opportunity to revisit some of the best American TV series produced in recent years," said Jim Buckle, managing director of LoveFilm.
In a move that many expected, Amazon is combining its two video streaming services. New members can get a year of service for £49.
Subscribers in the U.K. and Germany will get HD streaming, a watchlist, and improved searching.
While it doesn't disclose the number of titles gained, LoveFilm will stream movies from Scorsese and Tarantino.
Agreements increase the amount of premium TV content available for LoveFilm Instant subscribers.
Streaming customers can enjoy movies and trailers anywhere they like, thanks to app.
More connected television and set-top box viewers will be able to see Lovefilm's instant library.