Netflix UK & Ireland has signed a content deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution which will see a number of Warner Bros. owned TV properties made available to subscribers of the service.
Under the terms of their multi-year deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Netflix has picked up the rights to stream the first three seasons of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the first four seasons of the Fox science-fiction series Fringe, the first five seasons of The CW drama series Gossip Girl and all five seasons of NBC’s spy drama Chuck (the fifth season of which has never aired on UK television, after being dropped by Sky Living earlier this year). Seasons 1 – 3 of The Vampire Diaries will be available to stream on December 1st, seasons 1 – 5 of Gossip Girl will be available on March 1st and seasons 1 – 4 of Fringe and the complete series (5 seasons) of Chuck will be made available later in 2013.
Speaking of the content deal, Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, said: “We are thrilled to be the exclusive online subscription home for these incredibly entertaining shows from Warner Bros. Television. We are giving fans the opportunity to relive their favorite moments from these programmes while hopefully attracting a lot of new ones who will be able to enjoy these serialized stories from their very beginning.”
While Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, added: “We are pleased to be able to offer fans in the UK on-demand access to past seasons of these incredibly addictive series. Whether fans discover, catch-up or relive favorite episodes, Netflix is a terrific distribution partner and this deal demonstrates that there is now a viable new outlet for our programming after the initial telecast in the UK.”