Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Netflix shares rise 6% on Epix deal

chart_ws_stock_netflixinc.top.pngShares surged 6% on Tuesday. To see more about the stock's performance, click on the chart. By Annalyn Censky, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Shares of Netflix surged more than 6% Tuesday, after the company announced an agreement with pay-cable movie channel Epix to stream films online from three major movie studios.

The deal gives Netflix (NFLX) exclusive rights to both new releases and older films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM on its site 90 days after Epix first debuts the films to its premium pay and on-demand TV subscribers. Netflix members will get access to the films starting Sept. 1.

Netflix shares rose 6.6% to $124.41 in midday trading. The stock has been on a tear this year, crossing $100 for the first time back April after the company reported a phenomenal first quarter. Its second quarter wasn't as fantastic but investors still like the stock, sending shares up 19% just in the past 5 days.

The deal significantly expands Netflix's online content, as competitors like Coinstar's (CSTR) Redbox and Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) also look to add streaming services down the road, and HBO, Hulu and Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) iTunes build their online content.

"The Epix deal is an example of the innovative ways in which we're partnering with major content providers to broaden the scope and freshness of choices available to our members to watch instantly over the Internet," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement.

The 5-year deal is expected to bring Epix about $1 billion in licensing fees, according to published reports. Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer wouldn't confirm exact numbers Tuesday, but in a call with investors he said the reported figure was in the "ball park."

Lionsgate (LGF), Paramount's parent company Viacom (VIA) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM, Fortune 500) launched Epix in 2009. Cable and satellite providers Cox Communications, Dish Network, Mediacom and Verizon FiOS currently offer the start-up channel. To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,432.24 -24.11 -0.13%
Nasdaq 5,162.13 7.15 0.14%
S&P 500 2,173.60 3.54 0.16%
Treasuries 1.46 -0.05 -3.51%
Data as of 3:37pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
KeyCorp 11.70 0.05 0.43%
Bank of America Corp... 14.49 -0.19 -1.29%
Ford Motor Co 12.66 -0.05 -0.39%
General Electric Co 31.14 -0.11 -0.35%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 5.42 0.23 4.43%
Data as of Jul 29
Sponsors

Sections

For the first time ever, Amazon and Facebook are more valuable than Berkshire Hathaway, the storied company run by legendary investor Warren Buffett. More

Venezuela's government issues a decree recently that makes it possible to force workers to work in the country's fields amid food shortages. More

Sara Mauskopf started Winnie to help parents find everything from parks to family-friendly restaurants. More

It's about to get harder for some luxury all-cash home buyers to hide their identity from the U.S. government. More