Netflix began operating in the U.K. and Ireland, ramping up its effort to compete against Amazon-owned LoveFilm. Netflix's offerings include movies and TV shows from Disney U.K. & Ireland, BBC, CBS and Miramax.
While Netflix explores the seedy world of U.S. politics with its original series "House of Cards," U.K. viewers will soon be able to experience a kinder, gentler Washington with LoveFilm's plan to air the first seven seasons of "The West Wing." The Amazon-owned company's deal with Warner Bros. also brings "One Tree Hill" and "Nip/Tuck" to LoveFilm's library, and builds on an earlier agreement with Disney U.K. for a slate of shows based on Marvel comics.
Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM reached an agreement to stream TV shows from ITV and BBC Worldwide. Rival Netflix has a similar deal with BBC and is in talks to add ITV programming when it enters the U.K. market this year.
Sony Pictures Television is the latest studio to strike a deal with Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM to stream movies and TV shows. LOVEFiLM has similar content deals with studios including Walt Disney and Warner Bros. The U.K. company lets users watch on about 175 gadgets, including computers, Sony PlayStation and Apple iPad.
Movies and television shows from Amazon will be available for streaming on Xbox 360 as Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live's entertainment offerings this month. Programming will vary by country and include movies and on-demand shows from several outlets, including ESPN, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM.