Score another content win for Netflix, which has signed a multi-year deal with Lionsgate for the first four seasons of the Emmy Award-winning television series Mad Men, which airs on AMC. Additional seasons will go online at the end of each season.
The episodes are expected to become available in July.
The deal is the first time Netflix has acquired syndication rights to a television series currently airing, and means that Mad Men reruns will only be available on the streaming service and not on broadcast or cable outlets.
The Wall Street Journal says the digital delivery giant is paying up to $1 million per episode for the streaming rights in a deal valued between $75 million and $100 million for a total of seven seasons.
Netflix already streams Mad Men to its Canadian customers.
"Mad Men has been and continues to be a representation of TV at its best, and Netflix is proud to be the syndication home for this acclaimed series," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. "This deal secures long term instant access to an iconic show for Netflix members for years to come."
- see this WSJ article
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