Report: Netflix Willing to Pay Studios Up To $100,000 Per Episode So It Can Rent-Out Current Episodes of TV Series

Dec 2, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Netflix "is in talks with studios about gaining access to current episodes of primetime shows and is willing to pay between $70,000 and $100,000 per episode, according to a person familiar with the matter," reports our friend Claire Atkinson in the New York Post.

Atkinson notes, "Just last month, Netflix won a groundbreaking deal with NBC Universal to stream comedy show "Saturday Night Live" the day after it airs on the broadcast network."

One stumbling block is a dispute between the networks and the studios about who owns the rights to current series episodes. According to the story, " ‘It’s a big source of friction,’ said one TV executive familiar with discussions. ‘There are no agreements [on control of rights], but I think it will trend toward the networks being in charge of selling in-season in first run, and beyond that, the studio.’ "

Atkinson adds, "Meanwhile, the more deals Netflix seals, the more uneasy Hollywood gets about the creation of a streaming giant. ‘People are wondering if they did the right thing by selling to them,’ said one Hollywood source. ‘Are we mortgaging our future?’ " 


  1. No, you are not mortgaging your future. You are beginning the next expansion. Just as cable added dozens of new outlets for studios, the internet will do the same thing. Netflix is only one “channel” on the internet. There will be many more than are on cable and they will all be looking for talent and product that can bring more viewers to their site on the net. This is just the beginning of what will be an incredible preiod of growth for the studios.

  2. In many cases, that can be true, still what about the hordes of human beings who have little ability to write in this manner? Are we simply about to discard them merely all around health have very little power on this planet?

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