We learned that EPIX had gained the exclusive rights to stream The Hunger Games when it’s released on DVD and Blue-ray, while other outlets will be forced to wait. Netflix, then, will have access 90 days after it’s released according to HomeMediaMagazine:
Netflix gets streaming access to the year’s biggest box office hits, The Hunger Games andThe Avengers, beginning in early 2013 — but only 90 days after their releases on disc and Epix, reps for Netflix and the multiplatform pay-channel confirmed.
Online scuttlebutt had suggested that since Netflix and Epix signed an exclusive streaming deal in 2010 — an agreement that doesn’t expire until September — Netflix could have SVOD access to TheHunger Games as early as this fall and The Avengers in early 2013.
The movies’ impressive theatrical runs portend successful retail releases both physically and digitally. That prospect puts lower margin SVOD on the low end of the distibution foodchain.
The question is can you wait 90 days?!?!? I don’t think I can!
Source: Down With The Capitol