Netflix Streams Showtime Series Premieres6 Jan, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix Jan. 8-18 will stream for free to subscribers the premiere episode of the new Showtime Networks series “United States of Tara,” starring Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) and John Corbett (TV’s "Sex and the City"), created by Steven Spielberg and developed by Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Collette plays a suburban wife and mother struggling with DID (dissociative identity disorder), formerly known as multiple personality disorder.
The Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer Jan. 18 will also stream season premieres of Showtime series "The L Word" and "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," the same day as their network debuts.
The streams will be available on PCs, Intel-based Macs and televisions connected to any of a number of Web-enabled devices, including select LG and Samsung Blu-ray players, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and TiVo.
Netflix in 2007 began its partnership with Showtime when it premiered advanced streams of the second season of “Californication,” starring David Duchovny as a sex-addled novelist who relocates to California to overcome writer’s block.
Robert Kyncl, VP of content acquisition for Netflix, said the Showtime premieres represent value-added programming to the burgeoning streaming service, which he said, "is appreciated by our members, who are always looking for new and interesting shows to enjoy."