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Netflix is doing everything it can to increase the appeal of its streaming service, including offering a cheaper streaming-only option and adding content as quickly as it can. Netflix’s latest bid for more content, according to the New York Post, is an attempt to add brand-new television episodes to its streaming offering.

Citing unnamed sources, the post offered the following:

“The company is in talks with studios about gaining access to current episodes of primetime shows and is willing to pay between $70,000 and $100,000 per episode,”
Hollywood may be starting to worry about the reach and clout of quickly growing Netflix, and may be reluctant to provide it with content that could eat into margins. According to “one TV executive familiar with discussions”:
“It’s a big source of friction . . . There are no agreements [on control of rights], but I think it will trend toward the networks being in charge of selling in-season in first run, and beyond that, the studio.”
Another “Hollywood source” echoed the concern of the first:
“People are wondering if they did the right thing by selling to them . . . Are we mortgaging our future?”
While I’m sure most Netlfix subscribers would be thrilled to be able to stream episodes of their favorite shows the day after they air, there is a good chance that the content creators will be reluctant to enter into such an agreement. Hulu is causing some concern in the industry for the very same reason.
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What do you think, Insiders?

7 Responses to “Report: Netflix Trying to Obtain Current Episodes of TV Series”

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    Darrell [visitor]

    Since my cheap-ass apartment won’t upgrade my antenna, I can’t receive ABC, CBS, The CW, ION and several others OTA, so I would gladly welcome this option. I watch Survivor online a few days after it airs, what’s the difference if I watch if for free from the CBS website or watch it streaming where CBS has been paid by Netflix? I’ll never buy a TV episode, so the networks win & I win, as far as I’m concerned.

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    Shane [visitor]

    I would love this…it would be so convenient,because of the 360 having ESPN i could get rid of my cable all together….save so much damn money lol But Darrell’s right…whats the difference if we watch it for free online anyways.

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    Jo Anne [visitor]

    Hulu is showing many TV programs for free. I would love to get current network shows streaming on Netflix, and it doesn’t have to be available that day or even the next, a week later is fine by me. I don’t get cable TV so if I want to watch a TV show I have to wait for it to be released on DVD. I don’t buy a lot of DVDs so I wouldn’t buy a TV series. If Netflix would stream new movies and current TV shows I would love them forever. (At least until the next big thing came along with a better price. ) :-)

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    Analyst [visitor]

    Sports lovers – and TV too, try this site. Toggle between Sports & TV at the top. Just click and watch. Been working great for me anyway.