Netflix scores broad content deal with Disney-ABC for early streaming dates

Amid all the recent hand-wringing about the decline and fall of the Netflix Empire--with Wall Street worried about its new streaming model and competitors threatening to increase the cost of its access to content when contract renewals came around--the Little Engine that Could just keeps chugging along, today announcing it had signed a new content deal with Disney. And, here's a surprise: some content could be available as soon as 15 days after it initially airs, making the service even more appealing.

The agreement gives Netflix and its 17 million subscribers access to a significant chunk of programming, including:

  • Prior season episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and, for the first time on Netflix, Brothers & Sisters;
  • Every episode of Lost and Ugly Betty;
  • Each season series from ABC Studios, including Scrubs and Reaper;
  • A slew of content from the Disney Channel, including the hits Phineas and Ferb and Good Luck Charlie; updated and expanded offerings of The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place; and library offerings from 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.

"TV content streamed from Netflix has proven to be immensely popular with our members," said Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer.  "Adding to our existing Disney-ABC lineup with great network and cable shows, and opening up ABC Family for the first time, are important steps in creating a wide and diverse selection of content Netflix members of all ages can watch."

In addition to the hundreds of TV episodes included in the agreement, Disney Channel and ABC Family movies such as High School Musical, High School Musical 2, Camp Rock, and Beauty & the Briefcase, as well as new releases Avalon High, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and Revenge of the Bridesmaids, will also be available to watch at Netflix.

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