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Discovery Communications renews Netflix deal

Netflix and Discovery Communications have agreed to a new two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement, allowing members of the streaming site to watch prior series and specials from Discovery's channels, including Animal Planet's River Monsters (pictured).
September 21, 2011

Netflix and Discovery Communications have agreed to a new two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement, allowing members of the streaming site to watch prior series and specials from Discovery’s channels, including TLC and Animal Planet.

The renewed deal includes an expanded amount of content offered, with additional seasons of popular series from Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet, as well as Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel.

Highlights include Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild, TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, and Animal Planet’s River Monsters (pictured above).

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “With television shows playing an ever more important role for Netflix, Discovery is one our finest suppliers of top quality programming. We look forward to bringing our members the wide range of the additional episodes and series covered in this deal.”

Rebecca Glashow, senior VP of digital distribution at Discovery Communications, added that the new deal “provides us with programming flexibility and lets loyal and potential fans catch up and discover content. It is a terrific complement to our multi-channel video services and creates additional ways to earn value for our 25-year programming library.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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