In a HUGE boost for Netflix in America, the streaming service has announced a new deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will see all their new theatrical releases from 2022 heading to Netflix in the first Pay TV window. The deal also includes Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures and will see the films arrive around 9 months after theatrical release, shortly after their home video release on Blu-ray and DVD. Future installments of the “Spider-Man” “Venom” and “Jumanji” will head to Netflix in America which will be a great boost as more and more US networks start their own streaming services such as Disney+, Paramount+ and Peacock – among others – meaning that in the USA Netflix has suffered a large hit in recent months due to losing content.
Sony already has a god relationship with Netflix as a number of their films have been sold to the service for distribution such as Kevin Hart’s “Fatherhood,” and the animated films “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” and “Wish Dragon” owing to the difficulty in releasing films theatrically during the Covid-19 global pandemic. While the new deal, expected to be for 5 years, is only for Netflix in America it is possible that it will mean a higher chance of other regions getting access to Sony’s content as well.