Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nurse Jackie, Californication soon to be dropped from Netflix Streaming

Popular Showtime shows, Nurse Jackie and Californication, are set to be dropped from Netflix streaming as part of new deal. Instead, these shows will only be available via the Showtime Anytime broadband service and will only be available to Showtime customers. 
According to The Wrap, the length of new deal is not known and starts this summer. Netflix's spokesperson simply stated the deal was "ongoing" and declined further comment. Series that have completed, such as The Tudors or Brotherhood, will continue to be streamed to Netflix subscribers. 
Showtime's Anytime broadband is a prime example of the threat that streaming poses to paid TV channels. Cable providers should feel threatened, many customers (myself included) have dropped their premium channels. It only made sense to me because Netflix has greatly expanded its online offerings thanks to deals with Starz and Epix. The days of Showtime and HBO dominating the cable world are over. 

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