Netflix adds hundreds of Indie films to it's streaming service Buzz this

Posted by Prasada Martala Feb 1, 2010

Netflix today announced that it has reached licensing agreements with multiple independent movie distributors to instantly stream around 300 indie movie titles. The distributors include The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing. Netflix has been constantly expanding it's streaming service offerings to internet connected TVs, gaming consoles and Blu-ray disc players including Microsoft's XBox, Sony's PS3, Nintendo's Wii.

Earlier in January, Netflix and Warner Bros. announced that new DVD and blu-ray releases from the studio will be available to Netflix customers only after the 28-day window. In exchange, Netflix is expected to get access to big collection of Warner Bros. movie titles to use in it's streaming service. YouTube's recent announcement that it is venturing into online movie rental starting with five films from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance film festivals is yet another sign that online streaming is going to be the future medium for watching movies at home.


Among the choices that are now or will soon become available to watch instantly at Netflix under the new agreements are Departures (Regent Releasing/Here Films), Yojiro Takita's 2009 Academy Award  winner for best foreign language film; Wendy and Lucy (Oscilloscope),  the poignant 2008 tale of a woman and her dog on the edge starring Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams; A Nos Amours and Au Revoir Les Enfants (Criterion), two classics of French independent cinema; Good Dick (Gravitas), a modern fairy tale from 2008 written by, directed and starring Scottish-born Marianna Palka; As It Is in Heaven (Kino Lorber), the 2004 Swedish hit and foreign language Oscar nominee about a famous conductor and the church choir he inspires; and Seraphine (Music Box), the 2009 biopic about the brilliant, self-taught French painter Seraphine Louis.


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