By andy lauer | iW NOW February 1, 2010 at 8:02AM
Netflix will be making hundreds of new indie titles available to "watch instantly" following deals with a number of distributors. Netflix said it has consummated non-exclusive licensing agreements to instantly stream films from distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing. In all, some 300 new indie titles can now be watched instantly or will become available to do so early next year. In some cases, Netflix has struck output deals to stream all new releases from particular distributors as they become available during the course of the agreements.
Among the choices that are now or will soon become available to watch instantly at Netflix under the new agreements are Yojiro Takita's "Departures" (Regent Releasing/Here Films); Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" (Oscilloscope); Maurice Pialat's "A Nos Amours" and Louis Malle's "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (Criterion); Marianna Palka's "Good Dick" (Gravitas); and Martin Provost's "Seraphine" (Music Box).
"We have always been committed to offering our members the most expansive and diverse library of films and TV episodes and have found that a large number of members enjoy the innovative, artist-driven nature of independent film," said Robert Kyncl, Vice President of content acquisition for Netflix in a statement. "These new deals are intended to delight our members with a mass of great new indie films and to continue to provide filmmakers and distributors with a big, receptive audience for their work."