Netflix Streaming ‘Downton Abbey’ — in Canada2 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Rival Amazon Prime Instant Video has exclusive U.S. rights to the popular PBS TV period series
Netflix Canada has inked a license agreement with NBC Universal and New Media Entertainment for programming that includes immediate access to the first two seasons of popular PBS series, “Downton Abbey,” and “Suits,” among others.
Other shows, including “Bates Motel,” “Psych,” “Covert Affairs,” “Heroes” and “Friday Night Lights” will also be available to Netflix’s 2 million Canadian subscribers in 2014.
The agreement is noteworthy since rival Amazon Prime Instant Video has exclusive streaming rights to “Abbey” in the U.S. and England, the latter via LoveFilm Instant.
The deal also includes a variety of movies, which will premiere on Netflix beginning this month. Films in the agreement include Bridesmaids, starring and written by Kristen Wiig; Vin Diesel in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise; body-switch comedy, The Change Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; and the first three films in the Bourne series.
“We are pleased to be the exclusive online subscription home for “Downton Abbey,” “Suits,” and “Bates Motel,” as well as for terrific feature films in Canada,” said Sean Carey, VP, content acquisition at Netflix. “We’re always looking to add TV shows and movies we know our members will love, and its especially exciting to add these hugely popular titles from NBC Universal Television and New Media Distribution with the holidays right around the corner.”