The Canadian branch of Netflix has announced that its subscribers will get to see the hit science fiction film The Hunger Games before users of the online streaming service in the United States.
“We are excited to be the exclusive online home for The Hunger Games in Canada, and we think that our Canadian members are going to be thrilled with the latest addition to the service,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “We are pleased that our continued relationship with Alliance benefits our subscribers directly.”
It is not unusual for the Netflix services in the US and Canada to offer some exclusive content but it is rare for Canadian users to get first access to such high profile titles. The Hunger Games will debut on December 31.
Netflix Canada has also confirmed that it will be offering the new season of Arrested Development in 2013 at the same time as it becomes available in the US. The comedy about the dysfunctional Bluth family stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. FOX cancelled the show in 2006 but it was revived thanks to a deal that gives Netflix exclusive broadcast rights.
“With the excitement surrounding the return of Arrested Development, we are thrilled to premiere the new season of the show in Canada at the same time as we launch it in the US,” Sarandos said. “Our Canadian members have welcomed us since our arrival and we are proud to be able to continue adding a great mix of Canadian, Hollywood and international shows and movies to our Canadian service.”