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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

"Disney and ABC have been and continue to be an innovative and supportive partner for Netflix. The diverse but always excellent programming from the different channels and networks are favorites of our members and we are thrilled to broaden the scope and extend the terms or our relationship," Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said in a statement.

Disney-ABC will also add new shows to Amazon Prime. Under the new agreement, Amazon Prime members will have access to past seasons of 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Lost,' 'Phineas & Ferb,' 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager,' Marvel's animated shows including 'Spider-Man' and 'X-Men: Evolution,' 'Greek' and ABC studios drama 'Felicity.'

"We are excited to add some of the very best content available from Disney-ABC to Prime instant video," Brad Beale, director of video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a statement. "This includes every episode of past seasons from the ABC hits 'Lost' and 'Grey's Anatomy, fan favorites like Felicity and Greek, the popular Disney Channel show 'Phineas & Ferb' and great animated series from Marvel. We're working hard to add even more selection for Kindle Fire customers and Prime members leading up to the holidays, and expect to have nearly 13,000 titles available in Prime instant video by early next year."

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Would love to see Alias in 720p.

November 01 2011 at 2:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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