Netflix Announces Agreements With CBS and Disney Channel to Stream an Array of Current Hit TV Shows at Netflix
'CSI' from CBS, Disney Channel's 'Hannah Montana' and more Add to a Growing
Library of Choices that can be Streamed to PCs and TVs As Part of Netflix
Members' Current Subscription Plans
LOS GATOS, Calif., Sept. 23 -- Netflix, Inc.
(Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's leading online movie rental service, today
announced separate agreements with the CBS Television Network and
Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow current season episodes of a
number of today's most popular TV shows to be streamed at Netflix. The two
deals add meaningfully to a growing library of 12,000 choices that Netflix
members can watch instantly on their PCs and TVs as part of their existing
subscription plans and without impacting the number of DVDs they receive.
The CBS deal brings to Netflix the global phenomenon "CSI." Starting in
October, when it returns for a ninth year, current season episodes of the
original "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" can be instantly streamed at
Netflix. Beginning this week, current season episodes of the hit spin-offs
"CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY" join the roster. The CBS agreement includes two
additional current hit shows, "NCIS," which dramatizes the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and the FBI
drama "Numb3rs," from producers Ridley and Tony Scott. "NCIS" returns for
its sixth season this week and "Numb3rs" is back for a fifth season in
The agreement for Disney Channel content centers on three of the
Channel's original series -- "Hannah Montana," "Wizards of Waverly Place,"
and Disney Channel's newest original series, "The Suite Life on Deck," a
spin-off of the hit, Emmy-nominated "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,"
starring fan favorites Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song and Phill Lewis
and introducing Debbie Ryan. The series premieres Friday, September 26.
"Wizards of Waverly Place" and "The Suite Life on Deck" can be streamed
instantly at Netflix beginning this week, 24 hours after each episode's
initial broadcast. Disney Channel's smash hit comedy series "Hannah
Montana," starring multi-talented Miley Cyrus, will be available online at
Netflix beginning this November. Brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic
Television, the deal represents the first Netflix digital license for
Disney-ABC Television Group content since Netflix launched the instant
streaming component of its service 18 months ago and is a significant
addition to the company's lineup of studio and network partners.
"We are thrilled to enter into these relationships with CBS and Disney
Channel and build upon their innovative distribution strategies," said
Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix. "We have a
shared interest in granting fans expanded access to and strengthening the
networks' key shows."
The agreements with CBS and Disney Channel also add catalog shows to
the library of choices that can be watched instantly at Netflix. Some 500
episodes from Disney Channel's kid-driven, family-inclusive programming
library, including previously aired episodes of "The Suite Life of Zack &
Cody," "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Hannah Montana," as well as episodes
of the popular animated series "The Replacements," "Lilo & Stitch: The
Series," "The Emperor's New School" and many others, will come online to
Netflix beginning in 2009.
Some 350 CBS episodes covered in the deal include prior seasons of the
three "CSI" series and "Numb3rs," the first two seasons of the popular
"Jericho" series and, among others, episodes from TV classics such as "Star
Trek," "MacGyver," and "Family Ties." The catalog episodes will come online
As Netflix continues to expand the online content it offers its
members, the company is also partnering with leaders in consumer
electronics to bring to market a growing number of network devices that can
instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to
subscribers' TVs. The Netflix Player by Roku was introduced in May to
strong reviews and Netflix has previously announced plans to instantly
stream movies and TV episodes via Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console and LG
Electronic's LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player starting this fall.
About Netflix, Inc.
Netflix, Inc. (Nadsaq: NFLX) is the world's largest online movie rental
service, with more than eight million subscribers. For one low monthly
price, Netflix members can get DVDs delivered to their homes and can
instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and PCs, all
in unlimited amounts. Members can choose from over 100,000 DVD titles and a
growing library of more than 12,000 choices that can be watched instantly.
There are never any due dates or late fees. DVDs are delivered free to
members by first class mail, with a postage-paid return envelope, from over
50 U.S. shipping centers. More than 95 percent of Netflix members live in
areas that generally receive shipments in one business day. Netflix is also
partnering with leading consumer electronics companies to offer a range of
devices that can instantly stream movies and TV episodes to members' TVs
from Netflix. For more information, visit http://www.netflix.com/.