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.
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.
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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