Netflix has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company to add a wide range of its animated and live-action movies to the streaming service in the UK and Ireland.
Films available from the off include Pixar's Wall-E and Ratatouille, The Chronicles of Narnia flicks, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and a host of Disney classic animated movies such as Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone and Dumbo.
In the coming months Netflix will add other titles, including The Help, War Horse, People Like Us and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Next year it will also bring Marvel and Disney blockbusters to the platform, with Avengers Assemble, John Carter, and The Muppets all slated for inclusion in 2014.
The reason later films will take a year until they hit Netflix is that the studio already has a UK and Ireland deal with Sky for Sky Movies Disney, the channel and on demand service that is dedicated to Disney films. More recent movies, therefore, will hit the Sky channel first - six months after their theatrical release - and will be exclusive to the broadcaster for a year. After that time, they will appear on Netflix exclusively.
"We are delighted to be able to offer our members an incredible variety of fantastic family films, from recent hits like Marvel’s Avengers Assemble to beloved classics like Mary Poppins," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "We aim to make Netflix better all the time and hope members enjoy the rich offering of films we are making available from the Disney studios."
Netflix has also posted a trailer for the forthcoming exclusive fourth season of Arrested Development. All 15 episodes will hit the service on 26 May. We can't wait.