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Netflix Ups Disney/ABC TV Streaming Content

3 Aug, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix Inc. Aug. 1 significantly upgraded its streaming content following a renewed license agreement with The Walt Disney Co. and subsidiary ABC Television Group for repurposed episodes of “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among others.

Expanding on a deal first brokered last September, the new deal allows Netflix members to instantly watch the first five seasons of "Lost," seasons four and five of "Desperate Housewives," season five of "Grey's Anatomy," and seasons one and two of the syndicated action-adventure fantasy series "Legend of the Seeker.”

The remaining seasons will be available in subsequent months, beginning in September.

In addition, Disney and Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix re-upped last year’s streaming deal for episodic content (the day after broadcast) from the Disney Channel, including "Hannah Montana," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "The Suite Life on Deck," and two newest series, "JONAS" and "Sonny with a Chance."

"In all, we're providing Netflix members with some of the most popular and avidly followed shows on TV while working with an important business partner to help grow several of its key franchises,” said Robert Kyncl, VP of content acquisition for Netflix.

Netflix grants subscribers (value-added) access to more than 12,000 movies and TV shows via multiple platforms, including Blu-ray Disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray players from Samsung; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console; TiVo digital video recorders; and later this year Web-enabled HDTVs from Sony and Vizio.

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