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Netflix and Disney - A Piece of Heaven

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Netflix and Disney - A Piece of Heaven

Netflix is always looking for new ways to do what their users want - add more content. Their newest way of doing this is to strike a deal with Disney-ABC to allow for streaming of their content through their various streaming partners and website.

While NBC, CBS and Fox all participate in Hulu, because they are all shareholders in the company, the Disney brands (not the ones used to mark their employees) has lacked behind in streaming options. Teaming up with Netflix seems to be the perfect pairing for them.

What will be available? Hit the break to find out.

Here are the highlights that Netflix shared with us:

  • Prior season episodes of current ABC hit series "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and, for the first time on Netflix, "Brothers & Sisters," all of which are among the network's most successful and popular TV franchises in recent years.
  • Every episode of recent ABC favorites "Lost" and "Ugly Betty," the latter making its streaming debut at Netflix.
  • Each season of several hit series from ABC Studios, including "Scrubs" and "Reaper," which are both new additions to Netflix.
  • A host of content from the Disney Channel, including the hits "Phineas and Ferb" and "Good Luck Charlie," which are also new to Netflix; updated and expanded offerings of "The Suite Life on Deck" and "Wizards of Waverly Place;" and library offerings from the smash hits "Hannah Montana" and "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody."
  • A wide range of content from ABC Family, marking the introduction of ABC Family content streaming from Netflix. Included are the hit series "Greek," "Make It or Break It," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Melissa & Joey."

That is a lot of new content to add to the service all at once. But, what about recent episodes? Hulu is all about the new stuff as well as the old, right? Well, Disney will not be leaving us in the cold through Netflix. "Relevant content," or current programming, will be made available as early as 15 days after initial broadcast. Obviously, if they intend to do encore presentation like Comedy Central is known for doing, the streaming could be delayed, but the general, written rule appears to be 15 days.

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