Hulu To Distribute Miramax Films

Originally published on June 6, 2011 3:51 pm
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Fans of the movies "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction" now have a new way to watch those and other Miramax films. As NPR's Nina Gregory reports, the company has just signed a deal with Hulu, the online video service to distribute the Miramax library of movies.

NINA GREGORY: The deal with Hulu is not Miramax's first move into digital distribution. Just two weeks ago, Miramax signed with Netflix to distribute its library, expanding access to Oscar-winners and cult favorites like "Reservoir Dogs."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "RESERVOIR DOGS")

LAWRENCE TIERNEY: (As Joe Cabot) Here are your names. Mr. Brown, Mr. White, Mr. Blond, Mr. Blue and Mr. Pink.

GREGORY: Entertainment analyst Barton Crockett at Lazard Capital Markets says the Miramax deal is an important move for Hulu, too.

BARTON CROCKETT: So this, you know, takes them a meaningful step toward narrowing the gap with Netflix. They're still badly lagging Netflix in movies, but this gets them a lot closer.

GREGORY: Nina Gregory, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.