Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is coming to Netflix in 2016… but only in Canada

Brodie Fogg 26 October 2015 NEWS

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The streaming giant Netflix will be bringing the next (and much-hyped) instalment of Star Wars to Canada. Here’s how you can catch it right here in Australia when it releases.

Entertainment website Variety has reported that Netflix subscribers in Canada will be amongst the first to experience Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in the comfort of their own home in 2016.

Which deity do Canadians have to thank for this glorious gift bestowed upon them? Well, it seems to be a case of perfect timing. When Disney’s distribution deal became available, previous Canadian rights owners, Corus Entertainment and Bell Canada, had an agreement that only allowed them to stream content produced in or before 2014, leaving 2015 releases there for the taking.

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Thanks to The Force Awakens making it in that window by a mere two weeks, Netflix gets to stream it on its Canadian service.

Other regions, like the US, won’t be so lucky. US channel Starz’ distribution deal with Disney extends to the end of 2015, meaning it will be the only service in the US with the rights to The Force Awakens in 2016. It’s not all bad news though. Every title released after 2015, including the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, will be streamed by Netflix in the US.

Netflix has developed an increasingly healthy relationship with Disney since the success of Marvel’s Daredevil and are even rumoured to be producing the first ever live-action Star Wars series - Yes. Please.

When will Star Wars: The Force Awakens be available on Netflix?

The distribution deal will allow Netflix to stream The Force Awakens roughly eight months after release. Assuming Netflix won’t be wasting any time getting such key content on the their servers, it should hit sometime around August 2016.

I don’t live in Canada. How can I stream Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016?

Unfortunately for Australian subscribers, Netflix Australia will not be streaming The Force Awakens in 2016. However, there is a handy tool called a VPN that will allow you to access the Netflix Canada from within Australia. Below are our top five picks for VPNs with servers based in Canada.

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