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Netflix Reportedly Paying $2M an Episode for 'The Blacklist'

28 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Licenee fee is the highest ever paid by an SVOD service

Netflix reportedly is paying Sony Pictures Television $2 million an episode for exclusive streaming rights to the first season of NBC drama “The Blacklist,” which stars James Spader as a rogue government agent turned informant. The series will begin streaming next weekend.

If true, the rights would be the highest ever paid by a subscription streaming service, including the $1.35 million an episode Netflix plays for AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead.”

Amazon Prime Instant Video is paying CBS from $700,000 to $800,000 an episode for exclusive SVOD rights to “Under the Dome,” and “Extant,” the latter starring Halle Berry.

A Netflix representative confirmed the “Blacklist” license agreement, but declined to comment on the acquisition fee. The $2 million price tag was first reported by Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

Netflix ended its most recent fiscal period with $7.7 billion in content liabilities, up $1.3 billion from the year-ago period.

The first season of “Blacklist” has been available at retail since Aug. 12, including on Amazon at $39.99 for Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD, $34.11 on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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