Netflix picks up more ABC shows for streaming


Online video service Netflix is expanding its streaming library with a slate of television shows from ABC, ABC Family, and the Disney Channel, adding things like Greek and The Secret Life of the American Teenager to its lineup for the first time. The deal also enables Netflix to offer every episode of Lost to die-hard fans (and those they are still trying to recruit), along with shows like Ugly Betty, Scrubs, and Pair of Kings.

“TV content streamed from Netflix has proven to be immensely popular with our members,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement. “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.”

New episodes of shows will be available from Netflix “no earlier” than 15 days from the date of their initial telecast. The deal also includes access to Disney Channel and ABC Family telemovies, including entries from Disney’s High School Musical and Camp Rock franchises, as well as Disney Channel series like Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

In addition to ABC shows like Lost, prior-season episodes of shows like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Brothers and Sisters will be available, along with ABC Studios series like Scrubs and Reaper.

The expanded partnership with ABC bolsters Netflix’s streaming content library with more recently-released material, making Netflix’s streaming-only $7.99/month subscription plan that much more attractive to television fans. However, folks who were still on the fence about the breadth of DVDs that can be rented through Netflix will continue to find the firm’s streaming offerings even more constrained. Netflix continues to expand the amount of material available for streaming, but it’s still a drop in the bucket compared to material not available for streaming.