Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed a major agreement with Netflix to make its movies available for streaming in the US exclusively on the service after their home entertainment and theatrical careers.
The agreement takes effect in 2022 and will include the next Sony launch led by Tom Holland. Unexplored video game adaptation, Spider-Man spin-off Morbius and future Spiderman and Poison movies, including In the Spider-Verse continuation.
However, Sony movies currently scheduled for 2021, such as Poison: let there be slaughter (September 24) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17) – are not included in the agreement.
The length of the deal and specific financial terms were not disclosed.
However, it is important to note that this agreement has currently only been confirmed to apply to the US It is not yet clear what Sony Pictures plans to do with its films in Canada. MobileSyrup has reached out to Sony for clarification and will update this story once a response has been received.
That said, it’s easy to see that Sony continues to license its movies in Canada on a service-by-service basis, rather than selling them all to Netflix.
Canada’s broadcast landscape is notoriously more complicated than the US as the rights are split between numerous services so this is likely to be the case with Sony movies in the future as well.
Sony’s content in Canada is currently distributed across multiple services.
For instance, Spider-Man: Far From Home has aired in Canada exclusively on Crave since January 2020. In the meantime, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and The amazing Spider Man they’re only on Netflix while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 it’s on Crave and Netflix. Spider man 2on the other hand, it only streamed on CTV.ca for free (with ads).
On the contrary, last year Bad boys for life airs exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Canada, just like 2019 Jumanji: the next level. From 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the jungleHowever, it is on Netflix.
It can be even harder to keep up when you look at our services, like HBO Max. For the most part, the Warner Media-owned service is the go-to home for all things Warner Bros. in the U.S. In Canada, however, this service is not available, so Warner Media has licensed the HBO Max content for multiple platforms.
This means that Crave only has the rights to the original HBO Max programming produced by Warner Bros. Television Group, which includes shows like Stewardess and Love life. Bell has a separate agreement that provides Crave with certain HBO Max movies such as An american pickle and Kings of the City of Enchantment and other Warner Bros. movies like Beginning and jester.
Meanwhile, other HBO Max shows are targeting other services in Canada, like Cristin Milioti’s black comedy. Made for love (co-produced by Paramount, not Warner Bros. Television Group) will hit Amazon Prime Video on April 16. Also, HBO Max gets all the great WB theatrical movies of 2021 like Godzilla vs. Kong while Canadians have so far had to watch them in the few cinemas that are still open or pay $ 24.99 CAD to rent them on platforms like iTunes and Google Play.
All of this is to say that Netflix will likely not be the exclusive home for Sony content in Canada.
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