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Netflix scores wider deal with Fox for older TV shows

updated 11:35 am EDT, Fri April 1, 2011

Netflix gets more Fox TV deals

Netflix on Friday landed another of its key content deals by expanding its relationship with Fox. The deal will dip into more classic shows like Ally McBeal and The Wonder Years but also give access to parts of more current content, such as the first season of Glee and the the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy. Some movies will also be coming, but unlike most of Netflix's recent deals, will have to wait until after the pay TV window expires.

The agreement doesn't have a specific start date but is likely to start today. It remains multi-year and non-exclusive. Fox already had some of its most important shows on Netflix, ranging from shows like Arrested Development through to the X-Files.

A widened Fox deal partly counters attempts by other TV networks to sabotage Netflix's appeal. Both long-time partner Starz as well as Showtime have either delayed or removed content in hopes of steering users back to traditional TV. Studios have grown increasingly wary of the streaming site's 61 percent US share of online video and its resulting effect on legacy video.



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  1. prl99

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    Joined: Mar 2009

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    greed again

    It all boils down to greed by the networks. The networks make money selling advertising and I would bet that almost everyone would rather watch a TV show or movie without advertising, especially the garbage overlays they put on the bottom of the screen (which should be outlawed). I pay for NetFlix and would rather pay to watch just the shows and movies I want to watch instead of having to sift through all the garbage (just like music albums) that's on TV. I don't remember the last time a TV ad actually caused me to go out and buy something.

    As for local news, if you can actually call it news, I hardly ever watch that anyway. I get my news by visiting news and other websites where I can actually find information instead of waiting through commercials and worthless broadcasters.

    Am I worried about NetFlix's 61% US share, not really. I use NetFlix and iTunes for different reasons so in my opinion they are coexisting just fine.

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

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    Netflix drives me crazy

    My wife and I have such an extensive queue for both the DVDs and online streaming that I see shows and movies come and go all the time. Been right in the middle of watching a multi-series TV show and then it gets pulled. Pixar/Disney movies are horrible about this, too. It really sucked when I got my daughter all excited to watch Wall-E online on a friday night and come to realize it isn't available anymore.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: greed again

    It all boils down to greed by the networks. The networks make money selling advertising and I would bet that almost everyone would rather watch a TV show or movie without advertising, especially the garbage overlays they put on the bottom of the screen (which should be outlawed).

    You need to get your players in order. The networks are not the ones who control the content. That's the production company (which may be a network, but that's neither here nor there). That's why, for example, Fox is allowing the Wonder Years on this deal, even though that show aired on ABC.

    The networks make money from advertising. The production companies do not (except for the in-show product placement they may have a deal with, although I'm sure the networks get a cut of that too).

    Production companies make their money from syndication and DVDs/copies of their shows. And how dare they want to make money on these things. It's so un-American.

    I pay for NetFlix and would rather pay to watch just the shows and movies I want to watch instead of having to sift through all the garbage (just like music albums) that's on TV. I don't remember the last time a TV ad actually caused me to go out and buy something.

    And this is the problem the networks and production houses have. Networks air programs and sell advertising during them. They don't care that the program is popular on DVD or over Netflix. If you're not watching it on their network, it does them no good.

    Netflix doesn't help the networks or production houses much. The more you stream, the $10 a month pie gets chopped up into finer and finer pieces, thus not producing much revenue over there.

    Now, maybe if the production houses figure out how to dump the networks and make up all that income from on-line, they're going to need to get more money from those services. Thus, the service prices will start to rise the way cable prices have over the last 20 years.

    I get my news by visiting news and other websites where I can actually find information instead of waiting through commercials and worthless broadcasters.

    Which is why I hate so much of 'online news'. I can't stand going to a site, clicking the link to a story, and finding it is a video. What a waste. I can read faster and more in the 5 minutes it takes some video head to brush over some highlights of the story.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    oh


    Am I worried about NetFlix's 61% US share, not really. I use NetFlix and iTunes for different reasons so in my opinion they are coexisting just fine.


    What is there to be worried about? Are you an apple stockholder such that a Netflix surge cuts into your portfolio or something?

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