LoveFilm hits back at Netflix with Sony Pictures deal


Yesterday Netflix announced it had clinched a deal to add popular BBC shows to its forthcoming UK video streaming service, and today it's the turn of arch-rival LoveFilm to announce a tie-up with Sony Pictures Television.

LoveFilm, owned by Amazon, has won the rights to stream titles including The Social Network and Salt, as well as other films and children's TV titles.

The multi-year deal with Sony for exclusive streaming rights follows a similar deal LoveFilm struck with Warner Bros, giving it rights to films including The Dark Knight and The Hangover.

LoveFilm has also done deals with Entertainment One, Studio Canal, Disney, Lionsgate and Momentum.

Not to be outdone, Netflix has similar agreements with Miramax, Lionsgate and MGM for films including Pulp Fiction, Kick-Ass and The Hobbit.

As if that wasn’t enough, both Sony Pictures and MGM are co-producers on the next James Bond flick, Skyfall – raising the question of which service will get streaming rights to 007's upcoming adventure.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.