Netflix signs major Disney-ABC deal
By Robert Briel
Published: December 9, 2010 09.45 Europe/London

Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have announced a new licensing agreement that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and, for the first time, ABC Family over the internet.

Programming from Disney-ABC will be released 15 days after initial telecast and episodes can be streamed with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 (€6.04) a month.

Highlights of the programming made available includes prior season episodes of current ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Lost and Ugly Betty. Each season of several series from ABC Studios, including Scrubs and Reaper.

Content from the Disney Channel, including the series Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place; and library offerings from Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

A wide range of content will come from from ABC Family, marking the introduction of ABC Family content streaming from Netflix. The deal also cover a number of movies from Disney Channel and ABC Family.

“TV content streamed from Netflix has proven to be immensely popular with our members,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “Adding to our existing Disney-ABC lineup with great network and cable shows, and opening up ABC Family for the first time, are important steps in creating a wide and diverse selection of content Netflix members of all ages can watch.”