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Netflix scores access to ABC, Disney TV with 15-day gap

updated 10:10 am EST, Wed December 8, 2010

Netflix gets fuller ABC and Disney streaming TV

Netflix landed another major content deal today as it reached a new deal with Disney and ABC. In exchange for a minimum 15-day delay between a first TV appearance and the online version, Netflix will get a much deeper catalog that includes prior-season access to current shows like Grey's Anatomy and full seasons of past shows like Lost and Scrubs. Disney's TV content is expanding, and ABC Family is reaching the Internet for the first time.

A handful of movies are also coming with the deal, but focus mostly on live action titles like the High School Musical series.

The agreement follows a deal last week to get first-run movies through the pay TV supplier FilmDistrict and gives Netflix a much stronger TV catalog, which has historically been one of its weak points. Netflix recently brought its $8 streaming-only plan to the US and is now more dependent than ever on the quality of its unlimited subscription videos to attract viewers.

Studios with deep attachments to traditional TV, most notably Time Warner, have worried that they have given Netflix too much power through licensing their content and have threatened retaliatory delays to artificially prop up dying per-title rentals and sales at stores like Blockbuster.

A Disney deal presents a unique relationship with Apple, whose CEO Steve Jobs is on Disney's board of directors and thus might have had some say over whether or not to approve Netflix's acquisition. Any agreement isn't likely to represent a direct conflict, however, since the new Apple TV supports Netflix as a central feature and would benefit from the Disney content.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    Apple should definitely have grabbed

    Netflix earlier this year. I think Apple really blew it's chance to get a solid acquisition for a low price. Too late now. Nextflix is already near $200 a share. Apple could have got it for $50 and it probably wouldn't have put much of a dent in their beefy cash reserve. Netflix is doing a fine job in getting content.

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +6

    they need

    to beef up their streaming movies. don't know about tv shows but their selection of streaming movies is mostly below the b-movie category. pickings for the good to fair stuff is slim.

  1. erics

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2010

    +3

    Eh!!

    Well up here in Canada, we still get slim pickins' :P
    But for 8bucks a month, better than BlockBuster.

  1. YangZone

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2000

    +2

    Talk about kicking and screaming... !

    Too bad... I usually want a missed TV show the next day or two days later max - AND *always* watch it online. I would be happy to pay but it looks like it's free for now because there's no way 'am waiting two weeks.

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +4

    less and less reason

    to pay for cable or satellite.

    i can freaking live without having to see new shows right when they come out or the next day or two.

    not worth $100+ per month to see everything right away, to have someone do my programming for me, and to pay for a bunch of useless crrrrap like Fox News Channel that I would never watch in a million years.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    Re: Talk about kicking and screaming... !

    Too bad... I usually want a missed TV show the next day or two days later max - AND *always* watch it online. I would be happy to pay but it looks like it's free for now because there's no way 'am waiting two weeks.


    The studios made the deal this way to push those who 'really' want to view a missed episode to go either to Hulu or the like, or go to the iTMS. In either location they make more money (from sale or advertising) then they do from the streaming fees they get from Netflix.

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