Netflix sure has seen its fair share of troubles lately. For our money it’s an invaluable service that provides much fun when curling up late at night with the old iPad or gathering MST3K style with friends around the 360. We hate seeing this service stumble, but there is some good news … reinforcements have been called in … rotting and hungry reinforcements.
According to Variety Netflix is casting its eye towards premium series: The streaming/DVD-by-mail distributor has inked a multi-year licensing agreement with AMC that will cover prior seasons of “The Walking Dead” with Season One made available beginning today.
Season Two will be made available just before the premier of Season Three, and so on. Netflix has attracted plenty of attention in recent weeks as it has attempted to shift consumer focus to its streaming service, which is much less expensive to maintain.
The company introduced a 60% price hike on its most basic package in July and announced last month that it would distribute its DVDs through a separate division called Qwikster.
Reaction to the consumer cost increase has been negative, with the company losing more subscribers than anticipated and enduring some criticism over the gap in quality between its exhaustive DVD library and its less complete streaming offerings. Deals like this one may help offset some of that criticism, but major content publishers like HBO are still holdouts as far as the streaming service is concerned.
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