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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Netflix Adds “Saturday Night Live” and Other NBC Shows

By: Samuel Axon

Netflix and NBC Universal have struck a deal to load the streaming video site with tons of content from both NBC and its family of cable networks, including all 35 seasons of Saturday Night Live, and new episodes of the sketch comedy show the day after air.

Saturday Night Live just aired its season premiere last night, but we’re not seeing the episode on Netflix. Apparently the deal hasn’t been executed just yet.

The day-after premiere episodes will continue through 2012, but neither Netflix nor NBC specified how long the other content deals will last. The Office, Law & Order: SVU and 30 Rock will continue to appear on Netflix with the addition of new seasons, along with all episodes of Friday Night Lights. As far as cable content goes, Syfy properties Sanctuary, Battlestar Galactica and Destination Truth will be presented in their entirety, plus USA’s Psych, In Plain Sight and Monk.

The press release from Netflix and NBC says some movies from Universal will be added as well, but it didn’t name any specific films.

Netflix lives and dies by the content in its library, and its leaders have made some smart choices in their quest to secure strong shows and films. For example, they struck a deal with Starz to carry that network’s content.

If they had approached studios directly in that case, they would have had to wait years for the films to pass through existing exclusive contracts.