Netflix Scores Exclusive Rights To Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar

As of September Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.

So what does this mean? Films for the production giants, which includes the upcoming Star Wars installments, won't be appearing on any other US pay TV network, and this spells a precedent for what might be to come in the streaming service's global plan.

Netflix can already be found in almost every country in the world — barring China, which Netflix says it is "working on". The restrictions of different distribution deals in each region make a cohesive worldwide catalogue an ambitious, if not almost impossible (at least for now) goal.

With over a million local subscribers to date Australians weren't exactly shy with jumping on board when Netflix launched here in March last year, and the service has been working on Aussie features while slowly adding to our content catalogue.

Locally Netflix has just launched its own free speedtest site, Fast, stating "We all want a faster, better Internet...When you’re experiencing streaming issues, Fast allows you to check the download speeds you're getting from your Internet service provider."

This came after a new feature that lets you control your data usage while streaming.

There are also plans to add 150 hours of HDR video for Australian users this year.

Netflix Australia confirmed with Gizmodo today that "this announcement is for a US only deal", making no reference to what future plans may hold.


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