Popular movie blog, Slashfilm.com, is reporting that Netflix has taken steps to become even more dominate in the streaming market. Reportedly, Netflix has signed a $200 million deal with Disney that will allow television shows from ABC, the Disney Channel, and ABC family to appear on Netflix soon after the initial broadcast. This is a big step for Netflix and evolves the service to level where it will now compete with Hulu, in addition to VUDU, CinemaNow, and Amazon Video on Demand.
Shows will be available to stream on Netflix fifteen days after broadcast. That's a longer delay than Hulu but Netflix doesn't have commercial breaks. Netflix may also keep the entire season available, as opposed to the five most recent episodes like the basic Hulu service.
It is a long list of shows that Netflix has managed to secure with this deal: Greek, Make It or Break It, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Melissa & Joey, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, Reaper, The Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Hannah Montana.
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The question remains as to how Netflix will handle archiving. Will episodes be available through the season's run? Will they become unavailable for a short time until the season is released on DVD and Blu-ray? Hopefully, once an episode is available on Netflix it stays that way.