Additional episodes of network shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" as well as new content from the ABC Family network will be available for online movie delivery.
Netflix is adding more episodes of TV shows from Disney-ABC Television Group to its growing library of TV content.
Netflix announced Wednesday a new licensing agreement that adds many more episodes from such ABC network shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost." The deal also adds episodes from shows not previously available for streaming, including "Brothers & Sisters," "Ugly Betty," and "Reaper."
Netflix is getting for the first time content from ABC Family network. Those shows include "Greek," "Make It or Break It," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Melissa & Joey." The deal also includes more content from the Disney Channel, including the popular "Hannah Montana." TV movies from the two family networks are also being added, including the popular "High School Musical" and its sequel.
Netflix is adding episodes from hit TV shows faster than recent hit movies from Hollywood. Rights to the latter are more difficult to obtain, because studios prefer to wait until the movies have run their course in the more lucrative DVD market. Netflix's last TV deal was in September, when it announced a licensing deal with NBC Universal, which agreed to provide shows from its cable channels.
Netflix is heavily focused on its video-streaming service, which is used more often by the company's millions of subscribers than the rent-by-mail move service that launched the company. As of the end of October, Netflix had 16.9 million subscribers, and expects to have more than 19 million by the end of the year.
Netflix showed its commitment to delivering movies over the Web last month when it launched its first streaming-only subscription service for $7.99 a month. At the same time, the company raised the price of its rent-by-mail services.
Netflix is not alone in offering online movies. The company competes with Hulu, which recently launched a premium Hulu Plus paid subscription service, Home Box Office's HBO Go and others.
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