Sorry…but we’re not actually sorry for this one. Lucky Canadians are the only Star Wars fans that can say they will have exclusive access to Star Wars: The Force Awakens through Netflix.
A representative from Netflix confirmed to CBC News on Sunday that Canada is its only territory in which streaming rights for the hotly-anticipated forthcoming Star Wars film has been secured.
“The reason Netflix will be able to offer the much-anticipated movie in Canada next year — and not in the U.S. or anywhere else — has to do with the timing of when Disney’s pay-TV distribution deals were up for grabs,” reports Variety, which broke the news Friday.
According to Variety’s report, Disney does have a content deal with Netflix in the U.S. — but it won’t commence until 2016. Films with theatrical debuts in 2015 still fall under Disney’s current output deal with American premium cable channel Starz.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to hit theatres Dec. 18 of this year, giving Starz alone the exclusive rights to stream it in the U.S.
“Fortuitously for Netflix Canada subs, the company’s deal with Disney started with 2015 releases after the previous agreements for the pay-TV window with Corus Entertainment and Bell Canada expired,” Variety explains. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to come to the service in the country; under the terms of the deal, that will occur approximately eight months after the movie leaves theatres.”