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Netflix strikes Disney deal ahead of Australia launch

Netflix lifestyleNetflix has struck a deal with Disney ahead of its Australia and New Zealand launch in March to bring Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm content to subscribers in the two countries.

At launch, Australian and New Zealand members will be able to watch movies including Cars, Monsters, Inc. and UP, as well as series including Lost from ABC Studios, Jake and the Never Land Pirates from Disney Junior and Good Luck Charlie from Disney Channel.

Australian members will also be able to see Disney, Pixar and Marvel blockbusters including Frozen, Planes, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Saving Mr. Banks and Muppets Most Wanted. In the months following launch, Netflix also will have streaming rights to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent and Big Hero 6.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As part of our long-standing global relationship with Disney, we’re thrilled to bring fan favourites like Tangled and Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Netflix members in Australia and New Zealand,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix.

“We believe it is a great representation of the calibre of television and movies that our members will be able to enjoy in March and beyond.”

Catherine Powell, managing director, The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, said, “Disney is excited to join with Netflix to provide consumers in Australia and New Zealand with even more options when it comes to how and when they enjoy our fantastic entertainment content. In today’s world, subscription over-the-top services play a critical role in media consumption, and we’re delighted to bring our top-quality films and television series to these fans.”