In news that will delight many Disney Fans, Netflix, Inc. and Disney-ABC Television Group have penned an agreement that will allow Netflix to offer streaming of hundreds of new television episodes never before previously available to Netflix.
This includes shows from the ABC Television Network, the Disney Channel and ABC Family, the latter of which has never before been available in streaming format to anyone. The agreement will allow the new shows to be streamed beginning 15 days after they initially air.
According to the press release from Netflix announcing the news, the agreement will include among other shows:
- Prior season episodes of current ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and, for the first time on Netflix, “Brothers & Sisters,” all of which are among the network’s most successful and popular TV franchises in recent years.
- Every episode of recent ABC favorites “Lost” and “Ugly Betty,” the latter making its streaming debut at Netflix.
- Each season of several hit series from ABC Studios, including “Scrubs” and “Reaper,” which are both new additions to Netflix.
- A host of content from the Disney Channel, including the hits “Phineas and Ferb” and “Good Luck Charlie,” which are also new to Netflix; updated and expanded offerings of “The Suite Life on Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place;” and library offerings from the smash hits “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
- A wide range of content from ABC Family, marking the introduction of ABC Family content streaming from Netflix. Included are the hit series “Greek,” “Make It or Break It,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Melissa & Joey.”
Also included as part of the one year deal are Disney owned movies like “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2” and “Camp Rock.” The original agreement only lasts one year and is estimated to have cost Netflix $150-$200 million dollars. An extension option to the one year agreement was also included.
“TV content streamed from Netflix has proven to be immensely popular with our members,” said Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer. “Adding to our existing Disney-ABC lineup with great network and cable shows, and opening up ABC Family for the first time, are important steps in creating a wide and diverse selection of content Netflix members of all ages can watch.”
Netflix has over 16 million members which have historically received the Netflix DVD’s in the mail as a subsription service. However, the company has been pushing the streaming technology as a means to get more content to its customers. Netflix packages start at just $7.99 for those wanting just the streaming option.