Netflix extends its Indie ties

Netflix’s streaming service just got friendlier to
independent filmmakers. The company today announced deals with several
distributors, including The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box
Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing.

All totaled, the agreements add another 300 indie films to the Watch
Instantly service.
Last November, Netflix struck a similar deal with IFC
Entertainment – giving it access to 53 titles.

Among the films added to the streaming options with today’s deals are
“Departures,” the 2009 Academy Award  winner for best foreign
language film, “Wendy and Lucy” (which stars
Michelle Williams). “A Nos
Amours,” “Au Revoir Les Enfants” and 2004 Oscar nominee “As
It Is in Heaven”.

The “Watch Instantly” service instantly streams over 17,000 films and
TV shows to a growing number of platforms, including PCs, all major video game
consoles, Tivos and Internet-enabled TVs from and Blu-Ray DVD players from
several manufacturers.

It has quickly become a popular service for the company – and one that
has helped it dramatically increase its member base.
During its
most recent fiscal quarter, 48 percent of Netflix’s customers watched at least
15 minutes of streaming video, more than double the level a year ago. 

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