“Star Wars” movies could soon be coming to Netflix – but only in Latin America.
The streaming service is in negotiations with Burbank’s Walt Disney Co., which owns the rights to most of the Star Wars films, about streaming previous films in the sci-fi saga there, according to the Wall Street Journal.
This follows an announcement earlier this week of a deal to stream the first six “Star Wars” films online in China. Both in China and Latin America, the franchise doesn’t have as much awareness as in other international markets.
With these deals, it’s likely that Disney, which paid $4 billion in 2012 to acquire Lucasfilm, maker of the “Star Wars” movies, is trying to maximize global awareness of the epic space saga ahead of the December opening of the latest blockbuster in the franchise, “The Force Awakens.”
In the United States and Europe, where awareness of the “Star Wars” films is high even among non sci-fi fans, the films are available for sale but not on streaming services.