Netflix nabs NBC deal

Subscribers will be able to stream 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Monk' and more.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 24, 2010 10:45AM

By Jeanine Poggi, TheStreet

 

Netflix (NFLX) announced Friday that it will expand its licensing agreement with NBC, allowing users to stream prior television series from its cable and broadcast networks.

 

Netflix subscribers will be able to watch TV series such as "Saturday Night Live," "Friday Night Lights," "Monk" and "Battlestar Galactica," the company said.

 

General Electric (GE), the parent of NBC, is selling a majority stake to Comcast (CMCSA).

 

This deal comes after rival and video giant Blockbuster (BLOKA)filed for bankruptcy Thursday. While the company insists it will continue to operate amid the restructuring, there's no doubt its store base will become significantly smaller, presenting a prime opportunity for Netflix to swoop in and pick up more market share.

Earlier in the week, Netflix hit a new high of $163.72 on fears of a Blockbuster bankruptcy. Post continues after video:

Netflix has been working over the past several months to expand its streaming content, first through a partnership with EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom (VIA), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lions Gate Entertainment (LFG) that could add up to 20,000 new titles to Netflix's streaming content.

 

The company also rolled out an app for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPod Touch this summer that allows users to stream content over the devices.

 

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