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No more fresh episodes of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Netflix

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A new digital content deal between NBCUniversal and Netflix means the end of fresh episodes of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on the service.

For the last few years, episodes of ‘SNL’ have been available for Netflix subscribers to stream online the day after they air, giving them access to topical laughs without subscribing to cable or even setting up an antenna.

Like other television and film companies that have instituted delays on new content to Netflix, however, NBC is now insisting that Netflix is for older content only. Starz, for instance, instituted a 90-day delay for its new programs on Netflix in March.

Under the new agreement, which will last for at least two years, all NBC-produced television shows on Netflix will be at least one season old. The deal also includes some programs that weren’t previously available on Netflix, such as ‘Parenthood’ and ‘The Event’ as well as some classic programs like ‘Leave it to Beaver.’ It also encompasses Universal movies such as ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ that have finished their run on pay channel HBO.

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The agreement is non-exclusive, meaning NBC U can license its content to other online subscription video services such as Amazon.com.

It comes a day after Netflix announced it is substantially raising prices for consumers who watch streaming content and get DVDs through the mail.

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-- Ben Fritz


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