Netflix, NBC Uni TV ink licensing deal

Covers content from some of NBC Uni's cable channels

NEW YORK -- Netflix is further expanding the content its users can stream online, announcing Friday an expanded licensing deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

The multi-year arrangement takes effect next week and covers a selection of NBC series and, for the first time for Netflix, content from some of NBC Uni's cable channels.

Among the new content covered by the agreement are episodes from every season of "Saturday Night Live," including day-after availability of episodes of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, and the last season of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Law & Order: SVU" -- as well as earlier seasons of those shows, which Netflix renewed for streaming.

Also covered are: all seasons of "Friday Night Lights," USA's "Psych," drama "In Plain Sight" and all seasons of "Monk." Prior seasons of those shows are available for Netflix streaming for the first time.

Plus, Syfy is bringing more than 75 episodes of "Battlestar Galactica," as well as prior seasons of "Destination Truth" and "Eureka" to the Netflix streaming service.

"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.

Said Frances Manfredi, executive vp and general sales manager of cable and non-theatrical sales for NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution, who forged the deal: "We applaud Netflix for recognizing the value of content like 'SNL,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Monk,' and 'Battlestar Galactica' to their subscribers."
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