Netflix Gets Next-Day Access to 'The 100' in Canada12 Mar, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Subscription streaming pioneer bolsters international prowess securing abbreviated window to U.S. television show
Netflix March 12 said it signed a license agreement with Warner Bros. International TV Distribution for Canadian subscription streaming rights to The CW’s pending serialized drama “The 100.”
Unique to the deal is the fact Canadian subs can stream episodes of the sci-fi series the day after their initial broadcast in the United States. With the exception of original series, Netflix and other SVOD services typically only have limited access to past seasons of current TV shows.
“The 100,” which premieres March 19 in the U.S., follows the lives of 4,000 people living on 12 space stations circling Earth, which has been decimated by nuclear Armageddon.
The series stars newcomer Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (“Person of Interest,” “Damages”), Thomas McDonell (“Suburgatory”), Eli Goree (“Emily Owens, M.D.”), Marie Avgeropoulos (“50/50“), Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United, “Arrow”), Christopher Larkin (“Squad 85”), Devon Bostick (“Aim High”), with Isaiah Washington (“Blue Caprice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), and Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”).
The CW is co-owned by Warner Bros. and CBS Corp.
“We know that Canadians love thrilling sci-fi and adventure titles, so ‘The 100′ is a great addition to our Canadian service,” Sean Carey, Netflix VP of content acquisition, said in a statement. “As a first-run exclusive series, this is the kind of exciting and high-quality, multi-genre content we will continue to bring to our members.”
Indeed, Netflix Canada last December inked a license agreement with NBC Universal and New Media Entertainment that included immediate access to the first two seasons of popular PBS series “Downton Abbey,” among others.
The agreement was noteworthy as rival Amazon Prime Instant Video has exclusive streaming rights to “Abbey” in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
“‘The 100′ is a terrific series, and we believe Netflix will provide a great platform, allowing fans to start from the beginning at the time of their choosing,” Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Distribution, said in a statement.