October 7, 2011

Streaming Zombies: Netflix snags The Walking Dead

According to a new press release, Netflix and AMC Networks (which produces and airs the zombie horror/drama The Walking Dead) have entered into licensing partnership that will grant Netflix exclusive rights to stream The Walking Dead to Netflix customers.

The deal also covers other AMC shows and affiliated programs, but zombie fans will be happy to know that zombies will soon be streaming into their houses -- not through broken windows or poorly barricaded doors but through their television and computer screens.


Beverly Hills, Calif. and New York, NY, October 7, 2011--Netflix Inc. and AMC Networks Inc. have reached a multi-year licensing agreement that will make prior seasons of AMC’s critically-acclaimed original series, The Walking Dead, available exclusively to Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada. Season 1 of The Walking Dead will be available today. Additional seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as certain future AMC and Sundance Channel programming, will be streaming instantly to Netflix members just prior to the premiere of subsequent seasons.

Netflix has also licensed non-exclusive rights in the U.S. to select scripted and unscripted shows, which will also be made available just before the following season debut. This includes programming from across the AMC Networks portfolio of AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv.  Specific series include IFC’s Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; WE tv’s Braxton Family Values, My Fair Wedding, and Bridezillas; and Sundance Channel’s All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. 

“Netflix is already the streaming home of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” in the US and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are delighted to be in business directly with AMC Networks. AMC’s programming sensibilities have struck a chord with our members and with the overall viewing public.”

AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan commented, “This agreement supports the cable 'ecosystem' by making our content available to Netflix nearly a year following the linear premiere, it brings our content to a wider audience, and it provides additional revenue to support production of new shows."

1 comment:

  1. Is there ever going to be something similar for UK fans? I dont have the FX channel and I'm desperate to (legally) watch the season 2 premiere.