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Netflix, NBC Universal in deal for TV shows

MUMBAI: Internet subscription service Netflix and US media company NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution have announced an expanded license agreement through which Netflix members can instantly watch a selection of broadcast series from the NBC television network and – for the first time on Netflix – content from some of NBC Universal‘s popular cable channels.


The multi-year deal continues the relationship between Netflix and NBC Universal.
 
The agreement adds to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed instantly from Netflix with memberships starting at $8.99 a month. Among the highlights, Netflix members will be able to instantly watch:


* Episodes from every season of NBC‘s signature comedy franchise Saturday Night Live, including day-after broadcast of the upcoming 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons plus hundreds of episodes from the first 35 years of SNL.
* Every episode from the last season of the 30 Rock, The Office and Law And Order: SVU, as well as earlier seasons of those shows renewed for streaming from Netflix under the current deal.
* All prior seasons – and eventually next year‘s final season – of Friday Night Lights, the small-town drama surrounding high-school football in Dillon, Texas.
* All prior seasons of Psych, the comedy featuring James Roday as a fake psychic who solves crimes with his best friend, Dule Hill; the drama In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack as a U.S. Marshal in New Mexico; as well as all seasons of Monk. Prior seasons of all three shows are available to watch instantly at Netflix for the first time.
* More than 75 prior season episodes of Battlestar Galactica, as well as prior seasons of Destination Truth and Eureka – all streaming from Netflix for the first time. 
 
NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution executive VP and general sales manager of cable and non-theatrical sales Frances Manfredi says, "We are very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Netflix. We applaud Netflix for recognizing the value of content like SNL, Friday Night Lights, Monk and Battlestar Galactica to their subscribers."
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says, "This agreement adds meaningfully to the wide variety of content that can be streamed from Netflix and breaks new ground in our relationship with NBC Universal".

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