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Submission + - Netflix invests hugely in on-demand content

Alan426 writes: The New York Times reports that Netflix has entered a deal worth about $900 million over five years to acquire the online distribution rights for new releases from three major Hollywood studios.

The Epix deal will add new releases like "Iron Man" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to Netflix's catalog, greatly enhancing the streaming service that the company markets to subscribers as part of an $8.99 package that also includes DVD deliveries. It was the second film deal for Netflix this summer, coming a month after a pact with Relativity Media, the firm run by Ryan Kavanaugh.

All the more reason for /.ers to cancel their subscriptions to cable tv. But how long will it be before streaming video becomes a premium paid service?

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