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Netflix Expands Pact with National Film Board of Canada, Adding 20-Plus Documentaries

Content under deal available only to Netflix subscribers in Great White North

Netflix announced an expanded multiyear licensing agreement with the National Film Board of Canada, under which streaming subs in the Great White North will get access to more than 20 Canadian documentaries.

The deal also renews NFB titles already on the service for Netflix’s Canadian members. Canuck docus available starting Tuesday include “Helicopter Canada,” “Life with Murder” and “The Boxing Girls of Kabul” (pictured above). Deal includes films in English, French, Thai and Farsi.

Netflix does not disclose how many customers it has in Canada, which was the streamer’s first launch outside the U.S. in September 2010.

Netflix is not subject to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that broadcasters and cable channels in the country carry a minimum amount of Canadian-produced programming.

“We are pleased to extend and expand our relationship with the National Film Board of Canada, one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions,” Netflix VP of content Sean Carey said in a statement.

The National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 13,000 productions that have won awards including four Canadian Screen Awards, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genie Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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