The dvd/streaming giant, Netflix, announced today that it will be offering The Hunger Games on its subscription-based streaming service from March 3 in the UK and Ireland, followed by a later release in the US.
Netflix will be the only subscription based service steaming the film although competitors will likely try to pick it up in the future. It’s also worth noting, however, that the film is already available on Blinkbox, the Tesco-owned video on demand (VOD) service which uses a pay-per-film pricing model.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, said,
“We are thrilled to be the exclusive online home for The Hunger Games in the UK and Ireland. Since launching in the UK and Ireland in January 2012, we have continued to expand our offering of great movies and TV programmes, and we think our members are going to love the latest addition to the service.”
The Hunger Games, the first film in a planned franchise based on the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson,Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland.
Catching Fire, the film and novel sequel is planned for a November 22, 2013.