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.