Los Angeles – Liberty Media’s (NASD: LINTA) pay-TV network Starz plans to
limit the availability of its original series on Netflix’s (NASD: NFLX) instant streaming
service, following a similar move by Showtime this week, the Los Angeles Times
Starting on April 1, Starz will no longer make episodes of its new original
series available on the day after they air — instead instituting a new 90-day
window before they are made available.
The report notes that Starz also plans
to eventually apply a 90-day window to the movies it supplies to Netflix.
However, Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey told the Times that, "movies are
not impacted and contractually cannot be delayed."
"It’s just their
new series, and 90 days is fine. We still have existing series the day
after," Swasey told CNET.
Earlier this week, Showtime said it would pull
early seasons of its series "Dexter" and "Californication"
from Netflix’s streaming service.
(Los Angeles Times)
(DMW previous coverage)