Netflix signs content deal with Miramax, readies UK, Ireland push

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) will offer Miramax content to subscribers when it launches in the United Kingdom and Ireland next year; it already offers Miramax content in the U.S. and Latin America.

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The Miramax deal brings films like Cold Mountain (pictured) to Netflix customers in the U.K. and Ireland.

Miramax, which also has an existing deal to offer content-both full-length films and clips on Facebook through its Miramax experience app, is the latest studio to partner with Netflix, which already has deals with Lionsgate and MGM.

The multi-year deal (of which terms were not disclosed) adds more steam to Netflix's U.K. launch, its third international play, so far. Netflix in October announced its foray into the U.K. and Ireland, where it will go head-to-head with Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) LoveFilms, which already operates there.

Like its service in Canada and Latin America, Netflix will offer streaming video only, with no DVD-by-mail option.

Miramax films that will be offered as part of the deal include The Aviator, Finding Neverland, The Hours, Rounders, Sling Blade, The Talented Mr. Ripley, several of the Scary Movie, Scream and Hellraiser films, and, of course, Pulp Fiction, Chicago, Cold Mountain, The English Patient and Good Will Hunting.

"Miramax films are already favorites of Netflix members in the U.S. and Latin America, and we're sure they'll be incredibly popular in the UK and Ireland as well," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer.

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