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Nokia offers Lumia owners free Netflix in push to flog more Windows Phone devices

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Wed Oct 16 2013, 09:48
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FINNISH PHONE FIRM Nokia is putting the Netflix streaming services on its Lumia handsets.

The firm will offer users a Netflix sweetener that will let them watch TV shows like House of Cards and Orange in the New Black at their leisure.

The Financial Times reported that Nokia will pay the Netflix fees and explained that Vodafone and Phones 4U punters can apply to get the movie and television streaming package.

We've asked Netflix to confirm this but so far we have not had a response, but Vodafone has told The INQUIRER that the scheme is going ahead. A spokesperson said, "The Netflix deal is a ‘gift with purchase’ to promote the Nokia Lumia 625, 925 & 1020. It’s not part of our content offer in general, but combined marketing activity between Vodafone and Nokia."

Phones4U is showing its application page on its website, which says users must wait 14 days after signing a contract before applying.

Full details are still to be revealed, but the FT reported that punters will get a free six month Netflix contract and that they have until the end of January 2014 to apply for access. There are two options, and people that have a Lumia 625 or Lumia 925 on Vodafone will get six months of Netflix, while Lumia 1020 punters will get a full year.

Netflix continues to make strides into the living room, and this week announced a new exclusive show made by Sony.

The Sony show comes from the people who made the hit legal series Damages, and will be a psychological mystery about family.

Damages creators Todd Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler will create a 13 part series for the streaming service, and Netflix is quite happy about this.

"We were spellbound after hearing Todd, Glenn and Daniel's pitch, and knew Netflix was the perfect home for this suspenseful family drama that is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats," said Netflix VP of original content Cindy Holland.

"Their work on Damages was truly ahead of its time and we're proud to be bringing our viewers this upcoming series."

The show will go into production next year. µ

 

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