Beverly Hills, Calif. - Netflix
and AMC Networks said Friday they have reached a multi-year licensing agreement
that will bring prior seasons of AMC's
original series, The Walking Dead, exclusively to Netflix members in the U.S.
Season 1 of The Walking Dead is available through Netflix
starting today. Additional seasons as well as certain future AMC and Sundance
Channel programming, will begin streaming to Netflix members prior to the
premiere of subsequent seasons, Netflix said.
Netflix has also licensed non-exclusive rights in the U.S. to
select scripted and unscripted shows that will begin streaming just before the
debut of each show's newest season.
This includes programming from across the AMC Networks portfolio
of AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. Specific series include IFC's
Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; WE tv's
Braxton Family Values, My Fair Wedding, and Bridezillas; and Sundance Channel's
All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.
"Netflix is already the streaming home of 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking
Bad' in the U.S. and Latin America," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content
officer. "We are delighted to be in business directly with AMC Networks. AMC's
programming sensibilities have struck a chord with our members and with the
overall viewing public."
AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan explained that the
agreements "support the cable ecosystem by making our content available to
Netflix nearly a year following the linear premiere, it brings our content to a
wider audience, and it provides additional revenue to support production of new