AMC’s detective series The Killing had an inconsistent first couple of seasons, but it is surprisingly returning for a third. Netflix may have assisted that, by sewing up exclusive rights to stream the show worldwide, with the third season coming to US and Canadian subscribers three months after its cable TV finale. The first two seasons are already on the US service and will appear in other regions over the next few months. We’ve seen Netflix use its analytics to decide to air a brand new show (House of Cards) and bring back one that’s been cancelled (Arrested Development), but this time it’s picking up a currently airing series that probably plays better in “binge viewing” format than week-by-week. Whatever the case, even with premium channels and streaming services chasing original content, the odds of your favorite niche program getting its six seasons and a movie appear to have never been better.
Netflix users in America will be able to view new Disney films first after their cinema run, the firm has announced.
The deal, which begins in 2016, will include new movies from Marvel and Pixar Animations, both owned by Disney.
Disney is also purchasing the Star Wars franchise from Lucas Films although the first new Star Wars episode is due out before the deal begins.
Netflix share prices rose by 14% following the announcement.
The rights to show the films first are currently held by a US subscription TV channel called Starz, which also has first-run rights to Sony studio releases including those by Columbia and Tri-Star.
“It’s a bold leap forward for internet television and we are incredibly pleased and proud this iconic family brand is teaming with Netflix to make it happen,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
The service has also acquired the pay-TV rights to new Dreamworks productions, in a deal which begins next year.
While the cost of the Disney rights have not been made public, some analysts have voiced concern over whether Netflix can afford the investment.
“These costs are going to sink Netflix,” Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities told Associated Press news.
The majority of Netflix’s 30 million global subscribers watch their movies via the PlayStation 3, according to both firms.
“PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our number one platform overall,” said Reed Hastings, chief executive of Netflix in a Sony blog post.
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