Netflix toying with financing movies, doing joint online/theater launches

|By:, SA News Editor

Netflix (NFLX) content chief Ted Sarandos: "What we’re trying to do for TV, the model should extend pretty nicely to movies. Meaning, why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theaters? And not little movies ... Why not big movies? Why not follow the consumers’ desire to watch things when they want?."

Sarandos' comments come shortly after CFO David Well suggested on Netflix's Q3 CC (transcript) his company would keep an open mind on financing big-budget films.

If Netflix pushed ahead on this front, it would probably get some blowback from theater owners accustomed to nearly a 1-year window between theater and pay-TV launches for marquee films.

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