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Netflix starts streaming Disney movies in Ireland and the UK

Netflix scored a big coup with its semi-exclusive Disney deal late last year, but the newly expanded content didn't reach everybody in one shot -- just ask the British and Irish, who've been left high and dry so far. To viewers' relief, the companies have mended that gap with immediate availability of Disney and Disney-Pixar movies in Ireland and the UK. The initial mix includes not-quite-recent movies like Wall-E as well as back-catalog classics like The Aristocats; the months ahead will see Netflix' selection catch up slightly by introducing the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie, among other titles. Combined with the upcoming additions of some DreamWorks and Marvel movies, the Disney pact should hopefully keep the kids (and, we'll admit, ourselves) entertained just as the summer is about to start.

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Netflix Brings Great Disney Films to Members in the UK and Ireland

BEVERLY HILLS, California, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, the world's largest Internet television network, is bringing a wide range of great live-action and animated films from The Walt Disney Company to its members in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Starting now, Disney and Disney•Pixar favourites including Ratatouille, Wall-E, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, as well as Disney classics like Dumbo and The Aristocats, are available to watch instantly, whenever and however members want.

In the coming months, Netflix members in the UK and Ireland will also be able to enjoy exclusive selected titles from Disney, Marvel and Dreamworks SKG including: The Help, War Horse, People Like Us and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Starting next year, exclusive titles will include Marvel's Avengers Assemble, John Carter, and The Muppets.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our members an incredible variety of fantastic family films, from recent hits like Marvel's Avengers Assemble to beloved classics like Mary Poppins," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "We aim to make Netflix better all the time and hope members enjoy the rich offering of films we are making available from the Disney studios."

"We always look to offer families Disney movies when, where and how they want them," said Catherine Powell, SVP & GM, Disney Media Distribution, EMEA. "Working with Netflix in the UK and Ireland, we're providing its members with a superb range of movie entertainment, through a high-quality and convenient viewing experience."