Netflix gets streaming content from Disney and ABC

Streaming media company Netflix has signed a deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group that will bring streaming content from ABC, Disney, and ABC Family to Netflix customers. Also included with the vast number of television shows are a series of popular Disney Channel and ABC Family movies.

In November, Netflix announced a brand new streaming-only plan for their media service. Since then, the company has been focused on the streaming side of their operations. With the new business direction, Netflix has also been in talks with television and movie groups to bring more streaming content to Netflix's users.

The deal with Disney and ABC brings prior seasons of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters, as well as other relevant programming from the television company. Relevant programming will be made available to Netflix no earlier than 15 days after the original telecast, but once it is available it will be placed for instant streaming.

In the Netflix press release, they want to specifically note these five points of interest that come from the new deal:

  • 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."

This addition will bring hundreds of television episodes and movies like High School Musical, Avalon High, Camp Rock, Revenge of the Bridesmaids and others from the Disney-ABC Television Group, to the ever-growing online library of streaming content from Netflix.

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Netflix streaming is the best ever. If you can't find something to watch you probably have crappy tastes in shows btw, rate hikes reflect increased cost with DVD distribution.. Sooner or later USPS will stop weekend delivery and I'm sure some of you will blame Netflix.

While everyone continues to complain about their streaming service I for one think this this a definitely plus in making it better.

Biggest issue I have with streaming is stupid stuff like this... you can say watch the latest release of Underworld but when you want to stream in the first few you can't.. how stupid is that? Same would go with any other movie that has part 2 or 3 etc... If your going to have one then have them all damnit!!!

All well and good, unless you live outside of the known universe .. erm I mean the US of ****ing A

There are others who live in this world you know.

BeLGaRaTh said,
All well and good, unless you live outside of the known universe .. erm I mean the US of ****ing A

There are others who live in this world you know.


What's stopping companies in YOUR country from starting a similar service?

Is this just in the US, or does the deal extend to Canada too? I know they have service up here, but all these companies seem to do an "America first, everywhere else sometime later" style of business.

Simon said,
Is this just in the US, or does the deal extend to Canada too? I know they have service up here, but all these companies seem to do an "America first, everywhere else sometime later" style of business.

I really hope so, content available on the Canadian service is moving very slowly.

scape said,

I really hope so, content available on the Canadian service is moving very slowly.


Just stick with torrents until they provide a viable legal alternative. Send them a message. You can't charge for a service that's vastly inferior to the free alternative if you want to combat piracy. The pricing is very reasonable. They just need to have content equal to torrents and I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to pay. I know I would. But at this point I'm not willing to pay for a limited selection of out of date movies and TV when I can get brand new stuff for free on the day it's released, if not even before.

Simon said,
I know they have service up here, but all these companies seem to do an "America first, everywhere else sometime later" style of business.

Perhaps because Netflix is an American company, dealing primarily with licensing content from other American companies?

And their streaming library still sucks. To throw more **** on the fire they are charging MORE for their DVD plans.

Almost every other night I rummage through their selections and am left depressed every time.

HAY NETFLIX! Drop my 3 at a time DVD cost back to last months price and remove my streaming ability! I will be happy with that!

Doli said,
You can also go to the ABC website and watch the show

edit: i hit the wrong button. This is my reply to Ji@nBing's post.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

The streaming has a horrible collection.

Yup.
Didn't have much of thr tv shows I wanted to. Watch like castle, las Vegas and numb3rs.

Does this mean we will get some classic disney cartoons as well? I've been wanting to review Robin Hood and The Jungle Book cartoons for a good while, and nothing would be better for when the little ones are over to have some classics to play for them.... but this seems to only be TV additions so far... we will have to wait and see I guess.