Netflix
The deal marks the first time a company has chosen a streaming solution over pay-per-view in the US

Netflix has agreed a deal with Dreamworks Animation for the rights to stream the company's movies.

The streaming company will pay $30 million per film, over a number of years, to stream films such as Antz, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek.

The deal marks the first time that a major Hollywood Studios has chosen a streaming service over pay TV in the US.

Netflix recently announced that it had separated its streaming and DVD rental businesses, and renamed its DVD rental service, pointing towards a new focus for the company.

The company, still due to launch in the UK in 2012, expects to have 24 million subscribers by the end of Q3 this year.

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The New York Times quoted Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, saying: "This is one of the few family entertainment brands that matter.

It's also a signal to people that we are in no way moving away from movies. Our programming is just reflecting more and more what people want."

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