(Beverly Hills, California--December 3, 2013) Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution today announced a licensing agreement allowing Netflix members in Canada to instantly watch feature films and previous seasons of some of today's most popular TV shows from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. The deal includes a number of titles that will be exclusively available across any subscription video on demand platform in Canada.
Beginning on December 1, members in Canada will be able to enjoy the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, the hit British period drama television series, and seasons 1 and 2A of Suits, the legal drama about an unlikely duo that becomes an unstoppable legal force inside a slick corporate firm. Both titles will be exclusive across all subscription services in Canada. Other hit shows such as Bates Motel, Psych, Covert Affairs, Heroes and Friday Night Lights will also be available to Canadian Netflix members in 2014.
The deal also includes a variety of exclusive and non-exclusive feature films, which will premiere on Netflix beginning as early as this December. Films in the deal include Bridesmaids, the hilarious comedy starring and written by Kristen Wiig; Vin Diesel in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise; the body-switch comedy, The Change Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; and the first three films in the Bourne franchise.
"We are pleased to be the exclusive online subscription home for Downton Abbey, Suits, Bates Motel, as well as for terrific feature films in Canada," said Sean Carey, Vice President, Content Acquisition at Netflix. "We're always looking to add TV shows and movies we know our members will love, and its especially exciting to add these hugely popular titles from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution with the holidays right around the corner."
"We are delighted that Netflix continues to recognize the value of NBCUniversal's archive of work. Now Netflix members in Canada have access to a popular, fan-favorite and high-quality slate of films and television shows from NBCUniversal," said Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, Canada. "Bringing NBCUniversal's content to Netflix's Canadian marketplace is a natural progression to our long-standing relationship with Netflix," added Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media, U.S. & Canada.
About Netflix, Inc.:
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 40 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including Netflix original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, Canada:
NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, Canada, sells current television and film product as well as content from NBCUniversal's vast library (Universal Pictures, Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties, etc.) to all forms of Canadian broadcast TV, basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) markets. Current programming includes "Chicago Fire," "Parenthood," "Grimm," "Sean Saves the World," "Defiance," Royal Pains," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and the upcoming series' "Chicago PD," "About a Boy" and "The Sound of Music Live!" special.