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Sony and Netflix sign deal for streaming theatrical releases once cinema run is over

April 8th, 2021 by Marc Comments

It looks like, in the era of ‘you aren’t anyone until you have a streaming service’ Sony has decided that, rather than have their own service, they should ally themselves with the best streaming service there is (yeah, I said it).

It has been revealed that Netflix have signed a deal with Netflix that will give them exclusive access to their movies after then have had their time in cinemas.

The deal will kick-off in Sony’s 2022 calendar, giving Netflix access to the likes of Morbius and Uncharted -this, obviously means that Sony’s future Marvel movies, which are connected to the MCU now (read here) will not be together with the rest of the MCU which live on Disney+.

It also means that new Spider-man and Jumanji movies will arrive on Netflix too.

Word is that due to the deal not kicking in until next year, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Ghostbusters: Afterlife are not part of the deal, so their eventual streaming home is undecided at the minute.

Netflix global film head Scott Stuber said: “Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship through this forward-thinking agreement.

“This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the U.S., but it also establishes a new source of first run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s president of worldwide distribution and networks Keith Le Goy chipped in: “Netflix has been a terrific partner as we continue to expand our relationship… At Sony Pictures, we produce some of the biggest blockbusters and the most creative, original films in the industry. This exciting agreement further demonstrates the importance of that content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the very best in entertainment.”

The deal is expected to last five years and Netflix must commit to a certain number of movies and Sony can still sell movies to rival streamers… so, yeah, there’s that.

What do you all think? Good idea? Bad? Will you be changing your streaming habits for this? Let me know…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….