Starz Says It Won’t Renew Giant Netflix Deal

Peter Kafka:

Satellite TV channel Starz says it wonโ€™t renew its distribution deal with Netflix when it expires next February.

If the company follows through on that statement, it will mean Netflix wonโ€™t be able provide digital access to movies from Sony and Disney โ€” a scenario Reed Hastings and company have been trying to avoid for years.

February is a ways off, but this would severely hurt Netflix’s streaming library if they can’t work out another deal with those studios. This is the problem with being a middleman.

โ˜… Thursday, 1 September 2011

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