Netflix, a leading online movie rental service, says it’ll invite America to a free and commercially uninterrupted online screening of the newly restored 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Saturday, October 3, 2009.

The film, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and reissued earlier this month by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, can be instantly streamed for free for 24 hours, from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 3 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern the following day, by visiting http://www.netflix.com/wizardofoz.

Recently, Netflix signed an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group to stream ABC’s popular TV series from Netflix. The agreement will add top broadcast properties to its library of over 12,000 movies and TV episodes. (Read: Netflix to Stream Disney-ABC TV Content)

In April, Netflix had announced that it has delivered the two billionth movie since the company’s subscription service was launched in late 1999. (Read: Netflix Delivered 2 Billion Movies)

It says while anyone in America can instantly watch “The Wizard of Oz” online on a computer on October 3, Netflix members on an unlimited plan will be able to instantly watch “The Wizard of Oz” in hi-definition on their TVs via a range of Netflix ready devices. 

The devices include Netflix ready Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console; and TiVo digital video recorders.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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