Netflix scores streaming rights to new top Sony films like Spider-Man No Way Home, Venom 2 and others
The agreement also gives Netflix a first-look option on any films Sony elects to send directly to streaming. (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
Netflix further beefed up its film catalog on Thursday in a multi-year deal that will make it the new streaming home to Sony Pictures’ top releases in the U.S.
Beginning next year, Sony’s new films will exclusively stream domestically on Netflix after their theatrical runs. That includes movies in popular franchises like Spider-Man, Venom and Jumanji, and 2022 releases including Morbius, Where the Crawdads Sing, Uncharted and Bullet Train.
The agreement also gives Netflix a first-look option on any films the Culver City, California-based studio elects to send directly to streaming.
In a world of quickly proliferating streaming services, the deal — once the kind that would have typically gone to premium cable networks — is an anomaly. Sony is the only traditional Hollywood studios without a streaming service of its own. The Walt Disney Co. has Disney+, Warner Bros. has HBO Max, Universal Pictures has Peacock and Paramount Pictures has Paramount+.
Wednesday’s deal replaces a long-running agreement between …
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