Canadians can now stream The Force Awakens on Netflix while, in a rare reversal of online streaming fortune, Americans won’t have access to the title.
This is because – even though Netflix recently made an exclusivity deal with Disney to stream its content along with Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar movies – U.S. cable and satellite television service Starz currently has U.S. streaming rights to the film, meaning American Netflix users will miss out.
In Canada, however, rights have already transferred from Bell and Corus Entertainment to Netflix, allowing the platform to stream any Disney movie released theatrically after January 1st, 2015.
As for American Netflix users, they’ll get all future Star Wars movies (including Rogue One) starting September 2016, becoming the exclusive U.S. pay TV home for all Disney productions.
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