Netflix Ups SVOD Deal With PBS3 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Notably missing from pact is PBS hit series 'Downton Abbey,' which has streaming rights held by Amazon Prime Instant Video
Netflix July 3 said it has extended a multi-year streaming agreement with PBS Distribution for subscribers in North America.
Beginning this fall, Netflix will have exclusive subscription video-on-demand access to all seasons of “The Bletchley Circle,” a murder-mystery drama from the United Kingdom. In 2014, Netflix will become the exclusive SVOD home of “Super Why!,” the PBS Kids hit preschool series that helps kids build critical literacy skills through storybook adventures.
Also available will be children's series like “Wild Kratts,” “Caillou” and “Arthur,” documentaries from filmmaker Ken Burns, including Prohibition and Central Park Five, and past seasons of non-fiction series like “Nova” and “Secrets of the Dead.”
Notably missing is “Downton Abbey,” PBS’ hit Masterpiece series, which streams back seasons exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
“While PBS stations will always be the first place to see our programming, this agreement with Netflix exposes our shows to new audiences and further expands PBS's presence across all media platforms," Jason Seiken, GM of PBS Digital, said in a statement.