24 coming to Lovefilm as part of Fox deal
All episodes of all seasons of Twentieth Century Fox are to be available on Lovefilm's video-on-demand service soon. Available from July, the adventures of Jack Bauer will also be joined by all episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spin-off Angel, Prison Break and Sons of Anarchy.
The multi-year content deal brings Lovefilm's television offering in line with its main rival Netflix, which also carries 24 and Prison Break, and even above, by securing the entirety of Buffy and Angel. It also covers the "second pay television window" of Fox movies.
Essentially, films that were released theatrically in 2011 will be available on Lovefilm from March 2013.
Lovefilm also has content agreements in place with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Entertainment One, StudioCanal, Disney, ABC, BBC and ITV. And, as well as offer its now HD-capable streaming service across a wide array of platforms, it plans to continue its postal DVD, Blu-ray and game rental service in tandem, even though that area of its business has been recently overtaken by its digital delivery platform.
"This partnership will give Lovefilm members access to the studio's huge range of recent movies and the opportunity to revisit some of the best American TV series produced in recent years," said Jim Buckle, Lovefilm's managing director.
Although no film titles have been formerly announced, Fox's big hits in 2011 included Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class.