Netflix to offer TV shows from Discovery Channel

The Netflix streaming video service is starting to make new content deals with other companies. Reuters reports that the company has secured a two year deal with Discovery Communications that will allow Netflix to stream older seasons of many of the TV shows shown on Discovery's many cable TV networks including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel. This is the first time that the company has offered any of its TV shows, such as Man Vs Wild and River Monsters, via a streaming video service. Financial terms of this deal were not disclosed.

Netflix is in need of some good news. The company announced late on Sunday that it was separating the streaming video business from its older mail order DVD rental business, which will now go by the name of Qwikster. This new announcement has not pleased long time subscribers for both services who will now have two separate charges on their credit or debit card when the new Qwikster is launched later this year. Investors are also not happy; The Washington Post reports that Netflix's stock price plunged again on Tuesday, down over 9 percent, and is now at a 52 week low.

And if that wasn't enough, News.com reports that the previously rumored new streaming video service from Dish Network and its new subsidiary Blockbuster Video is getting ready to make its plans official. The companies will reveal details about its own rival to Netflix on Friday.

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I'm with sava. All the HBO stuff might get me back but that will never happen and I'm also pretty happy with Blockbuster now. Hastings is a real pile. Just my opinion.

Lol as if this will make it all better with what they have done so far? Right!!! They need to add the full line up of LotR on streaming AND all of HBO and more to get me back.

Yeah, I thought most of Discovery Channel shows were already on Netflix (not that I do not like Discovery) but how about Netflix worrying about more important things such as movies and other TV Shows. For me I would love to see them add Doctor Who Season 6 part 1 and 2 plus Episode 0 called Christmas Carol. Would be nice if Netflix paid more attention at what customers really want.

wait, this is the first time? I sware people told me in the past discovery had shows on netflix when I said that's all I watch on TV anymore

Elliott said,
I'd be more excited about this if MythBusters wasn't already available on Netflix.

Yeah, I was scratching my head about the comment in the article about this being the first time any of their shows were on a streaming service, since there have been (and still are) several other series from Discovery Networks on Netflix for quite some time now.

I live in the Netherlands and would love to have Netflix. It's virtually impossible to get it. It requiers a VPN/DNS Rerouting service, a creditcard with a US address etc.

I figured out how to get all of this, so hopefully they are in great need of customers so they won't pay to much attention at the registration process

I arrived on South America a few weeks ago. Weak content - http://i56.tinypic.com/icu3he.jpg - , you cant queue itens, and almost no extenders - you can use on a PC (browser only - no media center), PS3 or Wii. That's all.

But it was great: I found out that I can subscribe to the US site using EntroPay and some kind of VPN, and now I'm loving it

I hope they stream some of the old John Romer documentaries of the '80s and '90s. My guess is they won't, however. No breathless voiceovers from Thom Beers.

Netflix really has an awful selection, when you get right down to it. This won't improve until the major studio bosses, in between jaunts in their flivvers and auto-gyros, realize that this new-fangled technology stuff isn't going to go the way of the horse and buggy -- which should be sometime mid-century, by my current estimate.

I love Discovery Channel (and History - Modern Marvels). This was some of the stuff that made me want to have Cable TV back. It's older stuff that i've probably already seen but for no extra costs to me.