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Discovery signs Netflix stream deal

September 21, 2011

Netflix and Discovery Communications have made an agreement to bring episodes of shows including “Man vs. Wild” and “River Monsters” to the streaming service.

The deal is the first major move by Discovery to make full episodes of its TV shows available for instant streaming, expanding well beyond the short clips that are now available on YouTube.

The two-year deal covers only material from prior seasons of the TV shows and is limited to Netflix subscribers in the US, according to Reuters. Discovery has an option for a third year.

Under the deal, Netflix will also provide a search function that makes it possible for a customer to simply enter the words Discovery Communications into a search bar and get a list of all the available programmes from TLC, Animal Planet or the other networks.

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