Two big pieces of news came in from the world of streaming video delivery, both of which weigh in the favor of Netflix. Firstly, Redbox Instant has been delayed to the spring of 2013. The company says that they're still doing private beta tests within the organization and will be conducting a public test of the service in January. The second bit of news is that Disney has signed a significant deal with Netflix that includes pay-TV window streaming rights to feature films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and their most recent acquisition – Lucasfilm.
The deal, which grants Netflix access to an extensive back catalog as well as upcoming films, starts in 2016 and will give Netflix rights to the pay-TV window – that's the time that HBO, Showtime and others usually get them. The 2016 start date means that one of the first movies to be affected will certainly be the new Star Wars film, which is due out in 2015.