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Star Wars Is Coming to Netflix

Feb 13, 2014

The power of The Force will soon be at your fingertips—if you're a Netflix subscriber. The company is adding Star Wars content to its streaming service for the first time ever.

A sixth season of the animated show "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" arrives on Netflix March 7. The Emmy-winning show developed by Lucasfilm originally aired on Cartoon Network, but was abruptly cancelled after five seasons. All episodes of the show will be available for streaming. The cartoon takes place primarily between the events of the mainline Star Wars films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The new episodes are part of a large slate of original Netflix programming being developed by The Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. Marvel, another Disney subsidiary, is prepping four original live-action series based on some of their popular superhero characters, including Daredevil. Beginning in 2016, new films from Disney will also be streamed on Netflix in the time window previously reserved for premium cable channels like HBO and Starz. That deal will reportedly cost Netflix around $300 million per year, and it should include the last two films of the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, which will release in 2016 or later (Episode VII is slated for Dec. 18, 2015, before the Netflix deal goes into effect).

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