Sony Pictures has signed a new four-year deal with Netflix that will see the streaming platform become the home of PlayStation Productions and Sony films after their run at cinemas. This includes some notable titles such as the much-delayed Uncharted movie, Mobius, Ghost of Tsushima, Spider-Man, Venom, Jumanji and more.
The new Netflix and Sony Pictures deal will now replace Starz in the US which up to now has been the official media partner for Sony’s films. Previously, Starz has not only hosted the films but also set the price tag for rentals and purchases.
The new deal will not only get rid of the rental and purchase fee for these films but also allow Netflix to become the home for Sony’s films. Keep in mind that Sony does have its own CORE streaming service available on its 2021 Bravia TV sets but this service is strictly to deliver true 4K HDR films that require at least an 80mbps internet speed. The Bravia CORE platform will most likely still host the upcoming films too.
Starting in 2022, Netflix will be the first US streaming home for Sony Pictures films following their theatrical releases. Get ready for UNCHARTED, MORBIUS, BULLET TRAIN & WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, plus future sequels to VENOM, JUMANJI, BAD BOYS & SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) April 8, 2021
Sony says that the deal with Netflix will see films from Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems, and TriStar Pictures all head to Netflix. In addition, Netflix can license older movies and titles from Sony’s library so expect new movies to land on the service very soon.
“At Sony Pictures, we produce some of the biggest blockbusters and the most creative, original films in the industry. This exciting agreement further demonstrates the importance of that content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the very best in entertainment.
In South Africa, not much will change on Netflix. We already have a strong lineup of Sony films including Spider-Man, Jumanji and more. It is almost as if the deal already happened here ages ago.