Through a deal made with Relativity Media, Netflix will stream a number of that company's titles mere months after their DVD release. The long-term agreement is significant in that the selected films will be available with Netflix's Watch Instantly feature (now available on the iPad and soon the iPhone) instead of airing on HBO, Showtime or any other premium cable channel during the usual "pay TV window." According to a press release, this is the first time studio quality theatrical feature films will be offered in a streaming option for Netflix subscribers.

Relativity has a lot of anticipated films coming out this year, including The Social Network, The Other Guys and Charlie St. Cloud, but the first wave of titles linked to the deal include David O. Russell's The Fighter, starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams, and Season of the Witch, which reunites Nic Cage with director Dominic Sena. Other titles mentioned are the Strause brothers' Skyline and something called Movie 43, from writer-director Peter Farley.
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