BEVERLY HILLS Calif., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Global box office smash “Hunger Games” will be exclusively available for Netflix members to watch instantly on August 18 in Latin America and Brazil as part of a multi-year deal between Netflix and Telefilms, the region’s leading distributor of independent films.
Through Telefilms, a broad selection of new hit films will be coming to Netflix, many of them as early as four months after their theatrical premiere, starting with Academy Award Best Picture winner “The Artist” on June 15 and including “Shame” the critically-acclaimed Steve McQueen film with Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, horror-thriller “The Chernobyl Diaries” and the new Woody Allen film “To Rome with Love” featuring Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page.
Other highly anticipated new movies coming to Netflix from Telefilms are “Ender’s Game,” a science-fiction thriller with Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin and supernatural mystery, “Beautiful Creatures” with Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum.
Netflix now has more than one million Netflix members in Latin America, and Latin Americans have enjoyed over 100 million hours of Hollywood, local and international movies and TV shows from Netflix. In the nine months Netflix has been offering its Latin American service, it has more than doubled its content selection, and increased availability to include a wide range of devices including the Xbox, Apple TV, iPad and other tablets and new Smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony, among others.
“We are excited to now have such a fantastic flow of commercially successful and critically-acclaimed films for our members in the region,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “Telefilms has great taste and a great track record that now extends over 50 years and we are proud to be working with such a distinguished and successful company.
“We are pleased and honored to be part of this strategic alliance with the #1 player in content streaming,” said Telefilms president Tomas Darcyl. “By choosing to work with Telefilms, Netflix is providing Latin American consumers the most appealing and prestigious films available.”
In addition to new movies, Netflix will also be making available for its members to watch instantly such critically acclaimed Telefilms titles like “The King’s Speech,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Biutiful” as well as crowd-pleasers such as “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Fifth Element” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”