LONDON, September 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- STUDIOCANAL titles to be made available to LOVEFiLM members as part of their subscription at no extra cost -
LOVEFiLM and STUDIOCANAL have signed an exclusive long-term deal in the UK and Germany giving LOVEFiLM members access to the portfolio of new and library movies from the leading international film distributor for a 12-month window.
UK and German members of LOVEFiLM, Europe's largest subscription service - streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by post - will be the first to instantly stream all of STUDIOCANAL's latest and future releases, through the LOVEFiLM Player, either on the PC, via in-home connected living room devices, or on the PlayStation®3.
STUDIOCANAL's new releases will be exclusively available to LOVEFiLM members who subscribe to streaming as part of their package.
Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, and thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will be among the first titles available in the UK and Germany from this Autumn. Future films will include the critically acclaimed, No.1 British thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and horror flick Don't Be Afraidof the Dark produced by Guillermo del Toro. In addition, members will be able to stream titles from STUDIOCANAL's library - one of the most comprehensive film catalogues in the world - including the Oscar winning war drama The Pianist, Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and critically acclaimed psychological thriller Mulholland Drive.
LOVEFiLM will also partner with STUDIOCANAL to support its UK and German titles from early stage production; including additional distribution support through theatrical, home video and streaming on-demand releases.
LOVEFiLM will continue to rent all available STUDIOCANAL DVD and Blu-ray titles via its online rental-by-post service.
Simon Calver, CEO of LOVEFiLM, said:
"We are open for business and distributors are increasingly choosing to make LOVEFiLM the number one destination and home to showcase their digital content. We have been pioneers of DVD rental since we launched our rental-by-post service and are now leading the way in streaming content directly into the living room. This deal is in line with our strategy to have the best content available across as many different devices as possible and I am delighted to say that LOVEFiLM will be the only place that film fans can exclusively stream new STUDIOCANAL movies."
Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of STUDIOCANAL, said:
"We are thrilled with our partnership with LOVEFiLM in the UK and Germany and look forward to providing the service with a range of world-class STUDIOCANAL productions from the US, UK and Germany. This deal perfectly complements our digital strategy and further supports all areas of our expanding business in the UK and Germany. And it will serve to further our policy of multi territory production and distribution for our productions such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the next Coen brothers movie."
LOVEFiLM was acquired by Amazon in February 2011 and has major streaming content deals in place with Disney, eOne, Icon, Lionsgate, MGM, Warner Bros and STUDIOCANAL.