August 3, 2009
Netflix and ABC ink new deal
Netflix announced Monday an agreement that allows it to make several popular Disney-ABC Television Group shows available to be streamed instantly.
The deal means Netflix members will be able to stream through the online movie rental service the first five seasons of
Lost, Seasons 4 and 5 of
Desperate Housewives, Season 5 of
Grey's Anatomy, and Seasons 1 and 2 of the syndicated series
Legend of the Seeker.
Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of
Lost, were made available through Netflix last Saturday. The remainder will be available in subsequent months, beginning in September, Netflix said.
The agreement extends the online relationship between Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group, which announced their first digital licensing deal last September. That agreement included series from the Disney Channel, including the hits
Wizards of Waverly Place,
The Suite Life on Deck,
Sonny with a Chance. The original pact, which will continue, makes episodes available the day after they're broadcast.