Walt Disney Co. has just signed two separate streaming deals with Netflix and Amazon to increase their content offerings from Disney and ABC. But before you get too excited about watching last night's Grey’s Anatomy, here’s the kicker: New episodes of current shows won’t show up for at least a month. And that’s just on Netflix.
Under terms of the Netflix deal, which extends Disney-ABC’s current licensing agreement with the streaming site, subscribers will continue to have access to all past seasons of on-air shows including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives—as well as episodes from current seasons, but only 30 days after the season ends—plus full seasons of older ABC shows like Lost and Ugly Betty, ABC Family series including The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Disney Channel shows like Phineas and Ferb.
The agreement also adds shows that hadn’t previously been included in the Netflix roster, such as ABC’s Alias, Disney Channel’s Kick Buttowski, and ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.
Amazon announced a similar deal to add Disney-ABC content to its Amazon Prime service, which will include all episodes of prior seasons of ABC, Disney Channel, ABC Studios, and ABC Family series, as well as Marvel shows like Spider-Man and X-Men: Evolution. There was no mention, however, of any availability for new episodes of current seasons.
In a statement announcing the deal, Amazon’s director of video content acquisition Brad Beale said, “We're working hard to add even more selection for Kindle Fire customers and Prime members leading up to the holidays, and expect to have nearly 13,000 titles available in Prime instant video by early next year."