Friday, October 23, 2015

'The Force Awakens' Will Only Stream on Netflix in Canada

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By: Dominic Jones

Oh Canada!  Fans have been wondering for a while if Disney's relationship with Netflix would extend to Star Wars, specifically will we ever see the Star Wars films released on the streaming service.  Turns out Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens will stream on Netflix, but only in Canada!

Variety is reporting that Canada is the only territory where Netflix has picked up the rights to The Force Awakens.  In the U.S the film falls under Disney distribution deal with Starz, the premium cable channel which has exclusive rights to Disney's titles through the end of 2015, including The Force Awakens.  But it seems likely that Star Wars films released after The Force Awakens will make it onto U.S Netflix as Disney and Netflix reached a deal for Disney's films post-2016.  So I wouldn't be surprised if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of the Anthology films, makes its streaming debut on Netflix.

Netflix already has a relationship with Star Wars stemming from the sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuting on Netflix in 2014.  Disney has a worked with Netflix in the past to produce and release original series for Marvel and rumors have been circulating for a while that they will do the the same for Star Wars.

As a Canadian, I'm very excited about this news.  As for everyone else around the world, there's still plenty of time to make friends with a Canadian so you can watch the film on Netflix when you visit them.  It shouldn't be too hard, we're nice people!

Source: Variety

Thanks to SWU reader Evan G. for the heads up!

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