Netflix, Warner Bros. Expand Streaming Deal To Include TV Shows


Netflix and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group expanded their existing streaming content agreement to add several TV shows - including all 100 episodes of Nip/Tuck - and also to extend Netflix's access to catalog movies through 2011.

In January, the parties inked a deal under which Netflix agreed to delay offering Warner Bros. titles for 28 days after initial retail DVD release in exchange for access to an expanded the number of titles that may be streamed instantly to TVs and computers.

Netflix, in addition to FX's plastic surgery series Nip/Tuck, which ended its original run on March 3, acquired streaming rights to TV series, including Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Warner Bros. noted that Nip/Tuck, will air simultaneously on the cable network Logo via an off-cable syndication deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

"Consumers now have the ability to choose how they enjoy Nip/Tuck, either streamed instantly from Netflix or in a more traditional linear fashion on Logo," Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, said in a statement.

Other shows covered under the Netflix deal, including Veronica Mars and Pushing Daisies, have "passionate fan bases" but have a limited number of episodes preventing a more traditional syndicated rollout, Werner added. Netflix can offer "a viewing experience that is a plus for serialized shows," he said.

Netflix, which has more than 13 million subscribers, provides unlimited access to TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers over various devices under most plans.