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Netflix, NBCU ink expanded license deal

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 8:10am
Mike Robuck

Netflix and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution announced today that they've expanded their license agreement to include more popular NBC shows for online streaming by Netflix.

Financial terms for the multi-year deal, which starts next week, weren't disclosed.

With the new deal, Netflix users will pay at least $8.99 per month to watch shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock" and "The Office," from last year and previous years. The "Saturday Night Live" shows will be available the day after they air during the upcoming 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as past episodes from the show's first 35 years. Content from previous USA Networks seasons, including "Monk" and "Psych," will also be available.

"This agreement adds meaningfully to the wide variety of content that can be streamed from Netflix and breaks new ground in our relationship with NBC Universal," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced its streaming service was now available in Canada, but yesterday the company apologized for using actors who posed as potential, excited customers during the press conference in Canada.

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