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Netflix and NBC strike Canadian streaming deal

Netflix and NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution have announced a licensing agreement allowing Netflix members in Canada to instantly watch feature films and previous seasons of some of today’s most popular TV shows from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. The deal includes a number of titles that will be exclusively available across any subscription video on demand platform in Canada.

Beginning on December 1, members in Canada will be able to enjoy the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, the hit British period drama television series, and seasons 1 and 2A of Suits, the legal drama about an unlikely duo that becomes an unstoppable legal force inside a slick corporate firm. Both titles will be exclusive across all subscription services in Canada. Other hit shows such as Bates MotelPsychCovert AffairsHeroes and Friday Night Lights will also be available to Canadian Netflix members in 2014.

The deal also includes a variety of exclusive and non-exclusive feature films, which will premiere on Netflix beginning as early as this December. Films in the deal include Bridesmaids, the hilarious comedy starring and written byKristen Wiig; Vin Diesel in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise; the body-switch comedy, The Change Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; and the first three films in the Bourne franchise.

“We are pleased to be the exclusive online subscription home for Downton Abbey, SuitsBates Motel, as well as for terrific feature films in Canada,” says Sean Carey, Vice President, Content Acquisition at Netflix. “We’re always looking to add TV shows and movies we know our members will love, and its especially exciting to add these hugely popular titles from NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution with the holidays right around the corner.”

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