Netflix subscribers are going to have to wait a bit longer
to see “Avatar” when it hits home video – but they will be able to watch "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" whenever they want.
Fox – along with Universal – have struck new deals with the
video rental service that will delay disc-by-mail rentals of newly released
films by 28 days. (Warner Bros. signed a similar arrangement in January.)
Netflix, in return, gains permission to stream a wider array
of films and television programming online, including all prior seasons of "Lie
to Me," "Bones," "24," and "King of the
Hill," complete seasons of library TV hits such as "Prison
Break," "Arrested Development" and "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer" and films including "Aliens," "The Thin Red Line"
and "Romancing the Stone" for Fox.
Universal films that will join the Watch Instantly queue
include "Gosford Park" and "Billy Elliott" along with
library titles including "The Pianist," "Being John
Malkovich" and "Do the Right Thing".
The deals go into effect with “Avatar,” which won’t be
available to Netflix customers until 28 days after its April 22 release and "It's
Complicated," which will be available to subscribers 28 days after its
April 27 street date.