Netflix snags last, lost season of Star Wars: Clone Wars


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You can find all kinds of kids content from Disney on Netflix thanks to the content deal the two companies struck in late 2012. But one thing you won't find on Netflix is any Star Wars stuff to watch. (Jedi Junkies and The People vs. George Lucas don't count.)

That's all about to change in the coming weeks. Netflix said Thursday morning that the sixth and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars would debut on Netflix for U.S. and Canadian subscribers on March 7.

The Netflix debut will also include the director's cuts of the previous five seasons of Clone Wars, along with the 2008 animated feature.

 "The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer in a written statement. 

The final season of Clone Wars, called The Lost Missions, features 13 episodes and will wrap up the popular series before the next Star Wars animated saga debuts on the Disney Channel this fall—Star Wars: Rebels.

Tip of the iceberg?

The Disney deal is an important milestone for Netflix as the streaming service stakes its claim to being a major entertainment brand alongside competitors like HBO. In addition to streaming deals with major studios, Netflix is also at work producing original content such as House of Cards, which has its second season debut on Friday.

There's no word yet on whether any of the six Star Wars films will make their way to Netflix in the coming months.

It would be surprising if the original trilogy (and those other three) make an appearance before 2015 when the theatrical release is expected for Episode VII.

Disney picked up the rights to the Star Wars universe and its back catalog in October 2012 after acquiring Lucasfilm studios.

Starting in 2016, Netflix will be the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run, live-action, and animated movies from Disney properties including popular studios like Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm.

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