Netflix to stream Studio Ghibli films... but not in the US

From CNET: Netflix has snapped up the rights to stream Studio Ghibli's library of acclaimed animated films, but only in countries outside of the US, Canada and Japan. Starting Feb.1, 21 movies from the Japanese film studio will come to Netflix, according to the streaming service's regional Twitter accounts.

The first wave of films will include My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, with a second group including Princess Mononoke and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away arriving one month later on March 1. The final set of films, which includes Howl's Moving Castle, will hit Netflix on April 1. The films will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20.

It's great news for fans of the films living in countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as those with a Netflix subscription will soon be able to stream the catalog at no additional cost. But fans living in the North America will have to go elsewhere for their Ghibli fix.

That's because HBO bought the rights to stream films in the US in 2019. It announced in October that the same 21 movies will be available on its own streaming service HBO Max when it launches this May. Some existing HBO subscribers will get HBO Max for free, but others will have to pay $15 per month for the Netflix rival.

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