Netflix And Disney/ABC Ink A New Content Deal, New Shows Hitting The Service 14 Days After Airing

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Yay for Netflix! The streaming service just announced a significant increase in Disney/ABC programming with some content becoming available as soon as 15 days after its initial airing. The deal also brings new Disney Channel and ABC Family movies to the service.

The announcement isn’t exactly clear what shows will fall under this new 15 day rule, but the deal brings a bunch of new content to Netflix, which is reason enough to celebrate. “Prior season episodes” of Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters are coming. Every episode of Lost, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, and Reaper will be added to the library. Then there’s family favorites such as Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, Hannah Montana, and Greek. So yeah, this is kind of a big deal.

Hopefully more networks and media companies follow suite with the 15 day rule. If they do, Netflix will suddenly become a viable cable alternative to dedicated TV fans — as long as they can forgo watching their favorites for a couple weeks. I couldn’t.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced a new licensing agreement between the two companies that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and – for the first time – ABC Family over the Internet.

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The agreement, brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, will add significantly to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed from Netflix. Once made available to Netflix from Disney-ABC – which, for relevant programming, will be no earlier than 15 days after initial telecast – episodes can be streamed instantly with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 a month.

Among the highlights, Netflix members will be able to enjoy:

  • Prior season episodes of current ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and, for the first time on Netflix, “Brothers & Sisters,” all of which are among the network’s most successful and popular TV franchises in recent years.
  • Every episode of recent ABC favorites “Lost” and “Ugly Betty,” the latter making its streaming debut at Netflix.
  • Each season of several hit series from ABC Studios, including “Scrubs” and “Reaper,” which are both new additions to Netflix.
  • A host of content from the Disney Channel, including the hits “Phineas and Ferb” and “Good Luck Charlie,” which are also new to Netflix; updated and expanded offerings of “The Suite Life on Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place;” and library offerings from the smash hits “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
  • A wide range of content from ABC Family, marking the introduction of ABC Family content streaming from Netflix. Included are the hit series “Greek,” “Make It or Break It,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Melissa & Joey.”

“TV content streamed from Netflix has proven to be immensely popular with our members,” said Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer. “Adding to our existing Disney-ABC lineup with great network and cable shows, and opening up ABC Family for the first time, are important steps in creating a wide and diverse selection of content Netflix members of all ages can watch.”

In addition to the hundreds of TV episodes included in the agreement, Disney Channel and ABC Family movies such as “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2,” “Camp Rock,” and “Beauty & the Briefcase,” as well as new releases “Avalon High,” “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and “Revenge of the Bridesmaids,” will also be available to watch at Netflix.

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