While Netflix has thousands of movies available to stream, its original content has focused on TV series, comedy specials and documentaries. A couple of recent high-profile deals, however, are set to change all that. Netflix recently acquired exclusive worldwide rights to four upcoming movies produced by and starring Adam Sandler. While Sandler’s recent films haven’t won over many critics’ hearts, they’ve almost all been worldwide box office smashes. For those with more sophisticated tastes, Netflix also reached a deal with The Weinstein Company to produce a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which is set to hit Netflix and IMAX theaters on the same day next August. Not everyone is happy about these deals, though, and theater chains like Regal, AMC and Cinemark, are all refusing to screen the film. As movie theaters struggle to find ways to keep their seats full, companies like Netflix continue to up-end the status quo. The big winner in all of this is us, as we now have more ways to watch new movies than ever before.

About Shelly Palmer

Named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Technology, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategy, design and engineering firm focused at the nexus of technology, media and marketing. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com or subscribe to our daily email http://ow.ly/WsHcb

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 10, 2014" by @ShellyPalmer

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