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Netflix U.K. Gets Streaming Rights to 'Homeland,' 'American Horror Story'

13 Mar, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Claire Danes in "Homeland"

Netflix continued its quest to offer streaming access to coveted U.S. television series to foreign subscribers.

The SVOD pioneer March 13 inked a deal with 20th Century Fox Distribution to bring the first two seasons of critically-acclaimed terrorist thriller “Homeland” and “American Horror Story” to the United Kingdom.

“Homeland” has aired three seasons on Showtime, winning an Emmy and two Golden Globes for best TV drama. Stars Clare Danes and Damian Lewis have each won Emmys for their roles.

The series is available on Netflix only through by-mail disc rental.

Anthology series “American Horror Story” airs on FX, with the first season in 2011. The second season, dubbed American Horror Story: Asylum, aired in 2012 and 2013 and takes place in 1964 at the fictional Briarcliff Mental Institution, following the stories of the patients, doctors and nuns who occupy it, and intercuts with events in the past and present.

James Cromwell (The Artist), Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) won supporting actor awards at the Emmys and Critic’s Choice Awards, respectively.

The first season is available to stream in the United States.

The deal ups a previous content deal between Netflix U.K. and Fox that included “Sons of Anarchy” (also available in the U.S.), “Arrested Development” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Fox is a major producer of scripted television for third-party networks and online.

“These global smash series are two of the most talked about shows in entertainment, and we think that our members are going to love these latest additions,” CCO Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "We are excited to bring both of these brilliant series … to our members in the U.K. and Ireland."

The agreement follows Netflix’s license agreement with Warner Bros. International TV Distribution for Canadian subscription streaming rights to The CW’s pending serialized drama “The 100.”

Unique to that 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.

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