Netflix Gets ‘Glee’ Streams1 Apr, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Multi-year deal also includes 'Sons of Anarchy'
Netflix April 1 said it is streaming episodes from the first season of “Glee” to its monthly subscribers.
The popular musical comedy-drama television series, which currently is airing its second season on Fox TV, was nominated for 19 Emmys, four Golden Globes and six Satellite Awards, among 57 other nominations. The first season won a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy and Emmys for Jane Lynch and guest star Neil Patrick Harris.
In a blog post, Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online disc rental pioneer, said the arrangement with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment also included the first two seasons of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”
Separately, Sarandos said Netflix would begin streaming for the first time episodes of “Ally McBeal” and “The Wonder Years.”
The Fox shows are an expansion of a previous deal that included streaming-only access to “Prison Break,” “Arrested Development,” “The X-Files,” “24” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” among others.
The TV show additions mark additional efforts by Netflix to expand its streaming content portfolio and continued acceptance by studios and media companies to license digital fare. Paramount recently inked a streaming-only deal for 350 theatrical releases for Netflix Canada.
“Our expanded non-exclusive streaming arrangement with Netflix maintains Fox’s flexibility to effectively manage both the content we offer and the appropriate window of availability relative to our other distribution partnerships,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Fox Filmed Entertainment.