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Netflix is extending its previous existing licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group while Amazon acquires a new deal

Both Netflix and Amazon have announced new agreements with Disney-ABC Television Group today.

Netflix has had a bit of a rocky road throughout 2011 with the decision to raise priceslimit video streams, add a DVD spinoff company called Qwikster, then suddenly eliminate Qwikster before it even launched. Netflix's loss of its Starz distribution deal come February was also a hard hit that came this past September, which will eliminate Disney and Sony-related programming.

But now, Netflix has struck a deal with Disney-ABC Television Group, extending their previous existing licensing agreement. This allows Netflix to stream content from the Disney Channel, ABC Studios and ABC Family.

In addition to extending the previous existing licensing agreement, new content will be added to Netflix as well. According to the new agreement, episodes from new seasons that air on Disney-ABC will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of the season airs on television.

Some of the new Netflix content includes ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," prior season episodes of Disney Channel's "Kick Buttowski," and ABC's "Alias."

Netflix isn't the only subscription service landing deals with Disney-ABC. Amazon has also announced an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group, although Amazon's deal isn't an extension of an existing licensing agreement, but rather a new deal that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers access to a variety of content from Disney Channel, ABC Studios, Marvel, and ABC Family.

"We are excited to add some of the very best content available from Disney-ABC to Prime instant video," said Brad Beale, director of video content acquisition for Amazon. "This includes every episode of past seasons from the ABC hits 'Lost' and 'Grey's Anatomy,' fan favorites like 'Felicity' and 'Greek,' the popular Disney Channel show 'Phineas & Ferb' and great animated series from Marvel. We're working hard to add even more selection for Kindle Fire customers and Prime members leading up to the holidays, and expect to have nearly 13,000 titles available in Prime instant video by early next year."

Amazon launched the 7-inch, $199 Kindle Fire in late September, and the tablet reportedly already has 254,000 preorders.

Sources: Reuters, Yahoo News, Amazon

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RE: wonder twin powers..
By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2011 11:43:57 AM , Rating: 4
I don't think they worked together. If you read the article, they simple both worked out existing and new contracts. The title is slightly misleading as Disney/ABC will probably sell their content to anyone that asks.

I can't wait to avoid more iCarly in my queue.

RE: wonder twin powers..
By FITCamaro on 11/1/2011 11:50:46 AM , Rating: 1
You're right but his point is valid. Netflix and Amazon should work together to get licensing deals.

RE: wonder twin powers..
By kattanna on 11/1/2011 11:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
it was clear within the article that it is 2 separate deals, but what i was getting to was it would be interesting IF they worked together on such.

RE: wonder twin powers..
By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2011 3:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
I see. Yeah, it would be cool if they teamed up in order to bring some order to the coming chaos of digital distribution... but they are two of the biggest competitors, leading me to believe they never will.

RE: wonder twin powers..
By Mitch101 on 11/1/2011 11:54:28 AM , Rating: 2
They need to do something the networks are going uber greedy with their content and Im getting sick of the cost of Cable/Satellite. Personally I would like a box that lets me individually pick the channels/shows I want to subscribe to. I hate paying for channel tiers/packages of channels I care less about or never watch especially when they pull crap like News Corp/Fox recently tried with Direct TV wanting 40% more for their content. Im waiting to see if there is any increase in my bill coming as a result of that agreement that was reached especially since there is only one program I watch on the following channels.

DIRECTV has reached an agreement with News Corp/Fox to continue carrying all Fox-owned channels. There will be NO service disruption. All channels will remain on the air, including:

would not let me post channel list

RE: wonder twin powers..
By bupkus on 11/1/2011 2:16:08 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I would like a box that lets me individually pick the channels/shows I want to subscribe to.
There is no guarantee such cherry-picking of content and subsequent pricing would be beneficial to consumers.

The development and implementation of the technologies that would support your recommendation would be folded into cable prices and to what end-- to reduce revenue for the cable companies?

RE: wonder twin powers..
By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2011 3:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I would like a box that lets me individually pick the channels/shows I want to subscribe to.

Computer + Internet + HDMI output = everything you want and nothing you don't.

RE: wonder twin powers..
By lamerz4391 on 11/1/2011 12:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
iCarly is Nickleodeon, not Disney.

So sad that I know that ...

RE: wonder twin powers..
By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2011 3:12:32 PM , Rating: 2

Well... you know what I meant. ;-)

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