Amazon there is struck multi-year exclusive contract Prime Video streaming rights for universal live theater editions. As Rock reports that this is the first time that Amazon has entered into such an agreement with a major American studio. The deal begins with Universal’s 2022 films.
Here’s where things can get a little confusing. The deal is for part of the pay window, which is 18 months after the film is shown in the theater. Earlier this week, Universal and its NBCUniversal siblings Peacock achieved a similar agreement for the first four and last four months of the window.
Within four months of their theatrical release date, Universal’s live films will begin streaming on Peacock. Four months after that, it will move to Prime Video for 10 months, and then the films will return to Peacock for at least another four months. The real streams can be quite complicated!
The deal covers blockbusters like Jurassic World: Dominion,, Get out the next horror film by director Jordan Peele and Halloween is over. The films Focus Features and Blumhouse are also part of the pact.
Netflix is currently airing universal animated films with Illumination and DreamWorks. According to Rok, from next year onwards, Netflix could still broadcast animated studio editions for 10 months of the payment window if they weren’t on Peacock. Anyway, those movies will appear in Prime Video later. Ugh.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s free streaming service IMDb TV will have exclusive streaming rights for Universal’s 2020 and 2021 theatrical films. The deal covers An invisible man and current champion at the box office F9, along with some older animated films like I despise her 2, how to train your dragon 2 i Shrek 2.
The deal with Prime Video follows the main deal between Netflix and Sony Pictures. Starting in 2022, Netflix will have exclusive rights to Sony’s theatrical releases for an 18-month payment period. So movies like Uncharted,, Spider-Man: In Spider-Verse continued and Morbius all tied to Netflix.
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