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The Karate Kid is on shelves and VOD now, but won’t be available for DVD or Blu-ray rental through Netflix until Nov. 2, 2010: 28 days from now. However, that doesn’t mean Netflix has signed a windowing deal with Sony.

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Netflix users looking forward to seeing Will Smith’s son do some crazy, impressive, high kicks have to wait. As first caught by research group BTIG, today’s DVD and Blu-ray release of The Karate Kid, produced by Sony, is on shelves, VOD, Blockbuster and Redbox now, but won’t be available for rental through Netflix until Nov. 2, 2010: 28 days from now.

Of course, 28 days is the magic number for deals that Netflix has agreed to with other studios such as Warner Bros, Fox and Universal in exchange for reduced disc costs and more streaming content.

To say that Sony has signed a 28-day window deal with Netflix may be premature, as the exclusive window appears not to apply to every release. For example, the direct-to-video horror flick 30 Days of Night: Dark Days shares a release date with The Karate Kid, and is available today, both for sale and for Netflix rental.

It goes without saying that The Karate Kid is a much higher-profile release (unless you’re a really big Mia Kirshner fan), but what this seems to imply is that Sony is negotiating directly with Netflix on a title-by-title basis.

Sony does have day-and-date deals with Blockbuster, as well as Redbox.

Our request for comment to Netflix has gone unanswered, though a rep told Home Media Magazine that Netflix did not comment on individual studio deals.

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  1. Studios and Broadcasters need to embrace the new model. If you can’t figure out how to make money, you shall die.

  2. dude honestly have you seen the badly remade version of karate kid, jesus it might as well been karate kid 5, as it is as bad as 3 & 4….. f’ smith and the whole crew, they shouldnt of stole such a classic and made it so bad…. boo. (oh yeah who cares if netflix doesnt have this for 30 days, i wont watch it when they do get it)

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