Disney/ABC Extends Netflix Deal, Cuts One With Amazon


Disney-ABC Television Group extended its licensing deal with Netflix for a range of broadcast and cable programming -- but is withholding current-season fare longer than under their previous agreement -- and announced a pact to provide more than 800 episodes to Amazon.com's Prime streaming-video service.

Netflix will add new series and TV movies from Disney-ABC and secured the rights to continue to stream hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family.

However, under the revised deal, episodes from new seasons of Disney-ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs. Previously, under their deal announced in December 2010, Netflix had rights to offer shows as soon as 15 days after initial telecast.

Extended as part of the deal are prior-season episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice plus all episodes of Lost, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty; ABC Studios' Army Wives; ABC Family series including The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Melissa & Joey and Make It or Break It; and Disney Channel series including Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life on Deck and Hannah Montana.

New shows coming to Netflix include ABC Family's Switched at Birth; prior-season episodes of Disney Channel's Kick Buttowski; and all episodes of ABC's Alias.

Amazon.com will add a selection of library content from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and Marvel, in a deal brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Shows coming to Amazon's Prime movie-streaming service include prior seasons of: ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Lost; Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb; ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, including the most recently aired episodes from summer 2011; Marvel's animated Spider-Man, X-Men Evolution, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers and Iron Man: Extremis; ABC Family's Greek; and ABC Studios' Felicity.

Amazon expects to offer a total of 12,000 titles available on Prime instant videos by the end of 2011. The service is available to members of the online retailer's $79-per-year free two-day shipping program. Videos can be accessed via more than 300 different devices, including Amazon's recently announced $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which includes one free month of the Prime service.

Amazon recently announced deals with Twentieth Century Fox and PBS, and has licensing deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros., among others.