Last month, Netflix announced that after first expanding to Canada and then Latin America, their long awaited launch in the United Kingdom and Ireland was official and imminent.
Two weeks later, the company has announced a partnership with film studio MGM to release first-run movies in the territory, opening up a wealth of desirable content to the new market. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the service will carry “most first-run feature films from MGM, as well as features from its distribution partners” when the streaming services hits the UK and Ireland in early 2012.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos commented on the launch, saying the company was excited about the deal:
‘We are delighted to be entering the U.K. and Ireland with a legendary studio like MGM at our side… And we are excited to be extending our relationship with MGM from the U.S. to these important markets and proud to be the exclusive home for their films in the traditional Pay TV window.”
According to the entertainment source, among titles that will debut on the service are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Zookeeper, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and 21 Jump Street. Details on pricing, precise launch date and supported devices have not yet been released.