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Netflix subscribers, we have good news and bad news. First, the good news: The company has added a ton of new streaming content, including all prior seasons of TV shows such as 24 and Bones, as well as movies including Aliens, Being John Malkovich and The […]

Netflix subscribers, we have good news and bad news. First, the good news: The company has added a ton of new streaming content, including all prior seasons of TV shows such as 24 and Bones, as well as movies including Aliens, Being John Malkovich and The Pianist. And now the bad news: You’ll have to wait an extra month before you’ll be able to get Avatar through Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service.

The bad news is the result of the company’s latest round of studio agreements, which will extend 28-day rental windows on new releases from 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. But in exchange, Netflix will get more content to add to the 17,000-plus video titles already available through its Watch Instantly service.

The first title to be affected is 20th Century Fox’s Avatar, which is sure to be disappointing to subscribers who were desperately waiting to add the Hollywood blockbuster to their DVD queues. The film won’t be available from Netflix for four weeks after it goes on sale April 22. The first title from Universal to be affected by the 28-day window is It’s Complicated, which goes on sale April 27.

But for Netflix users that have embraced the company’s Watch Instantly streaming service, the new agreements add to the ever-growing list of content that they can now watch on their PCs or any number of consumer electronic devices, including the new Apple iPad. From Fox, Netflix has added a large number of TV episodes, including all prior seasons of shows like Lie to Me, Bones, 24 and King of the Hill, as well as full seasons of Prison Break, Arrested Development and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fox will also provide hit movies like Aliens, The Thin Red Line, Romancing the Stone and Patton. From Universal, Netflix has added streaming titles such as Gosford Park, Billy Elliott, The Pianist, Being John Malkovich and Do the Right Thing.

The announcement with Fox and Universal follow a similar deal that Netflix struck with Warner Bros. in January, in which it agreed to a four-week window in exchange for more streaming content.

While Netflix is expanding the number of studios it grants 28-day new release windows to, Blockbuster is working to solidify its hold on new release titles. Today’s announcement comes just a few days after Blockbuster secured deals with 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment to ensure it can rent new releases on the same day and date that they go on sale. That means that Blockbuster will have Avatar for a full four weeks before Netflix or kiosk rental firm Redbox make it available. Blockbuster also has a deal with Warner Bros. guaranteeing that it can rent that studio’s new releases through its stores or its DVD-by-mail service.

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  1. No Avatar for a WHOLE MONTH!? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE, PEOPLE!?

    Yeah, you’ll forgive me if I’m apathetic toward these silly 28-day windows while the MPAA convinces our elected officials to inflict ACTA upon the world.

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  2. Netflix is sure to regret this dumb business move. Customers want it now, not when Netflix makes some deal for it a month after it goes on sale.. stupid, stupid.

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  3. [...] the last several months, Netflix has been striking deals with Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., Fox, Universal and now HBO, in which it agrees to a 28-day window before it can rent DVD releases by [...]

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  4. This isn’t something Netflix really wanted. The 28-day delay is coming from the studios; they get more money from Blockbuster’s rental and retail services than from Netflix’s licensing fees. It was reported months ago that they were planning on slapping this delay on Netflix, but not likely going to affect Blockbuster. The added streaming content is just a concession. Nice, but still, a small gesture.

    The idea here is that people will go and buy the retail copy of the DVD since they don’t want to wait for a month. Typical studio mentality; trying to go against the grain of technological advancement in terms of distribution models instead of with it.

    Of course they’ll be driving some of the prospective renters straight to BitTorrent. Good job!

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  5. Looks like it’s time to go to BlockBuster, this is just going to get worse.

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  6. [...] has been making deals with Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios that have helped it add more movies and TV shows to the streaming service, in exchange for a 28-day [...]

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  7. [...] has been making deals with Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios that have helped it add more movies and TV shows to the streaming service, in exchange for a 28-day [...]

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  8. [...] over the competition, in particular Redbox and Netflix, both of which have agreed to their own deals with Fox, Universal and Warner [...]

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  9. [...] trailing episodes many shows currently allow. But, with movie studios clinging to old markets and training consumers that they’re going to have to wait for releases, people using the convenience of [...]

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  10. [...] it’s all about the content deals at this point. For example, Netflix’s dealings with Fox means that both it and Hulu Plus have the complete back catalog of The X-Files and Buffy the [...]

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