Netflix Announces Two Year Deal with CBS for Content–Excludes Canada
Today Netflix announced a two year content deal with CBS for library content:
Content covered under the new deal includes the long-running drama, “Medium” and the summer season favorite, “Flashpoint.” Also covered under the agreement are episodes from some of television’s most iconic franchises. Full seasons of sitcom greats “Frasier,” “Family Ties” and “Cheers” will be streaming instantly from Netflix. Episodes from the original “Hawaii Five-0” are included in the package, as are episodes from all generations of the definitive sci-fi series, “Star Trek,” and the cult favorite, “Twin Peaks.” Installments of ’60s classics, “The Twilight Zone” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” will be available as well.
Unfortunately Canada is Left Out of this Deal
I contacted Netflix and inquired if this deal would be applicable to Netflix Canada. Here is the response from their vice president of communications:
We have separate license deals for streaming in Canada so the new CBS deal does not apply to Canada.
It doesn’t get any clearer than that. The Netflix Canada library has been growing, but pales in comparison to the choice our US neighbours have. What will it take to grow Netflix in Canada? More subscribers? The company dodged a bullet from the CRTC recently regarding broadcasting fees.