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Warner Bros films are coming to LoveFilm

The Dark Knight

LoveFilm – owned by Amazon – has signed a rights deal with Warner Bros to stream the Hollywood studio's films to its UK customers.

The multi-year deal will bring films such as The Hangover and The Dark Knight to LoveFilm's subscription streaming service as well as its postal rental, download-to-own and pay-per-view offerings.

Rival Netflix – which plans to launch in the UK and Ireland in 2012 – has been on the acquisition trail recently, snapping up deals with Miramax, Lionsgate and MGM for titles including Pulp Fiction, Kick-Ass and The Hobbit.

The battle for film rights has intensified in recent months as competing pay-TV operators and streaming services fight for content deals.

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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 whathifi.com 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.