Netflix SA now has Breaking Bad and some House of Cards

Netflix has picked up the rights for Breaking Bad and some of the seasons of House of Cards in South Africa.

By - March 4, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Netflix has informed its South African subscribers that the first two seasons of House of Cards have been added to its local catalogue.

It has also acquired the rights to all five seasons of Breaking Bad in South Africa. The news comes after ShowMax announced that Breaking Bad would not be available on its platform after 29 February.

When Netflix first launched in South Africa on 6 January, many of its own shows were not available here.

The video streaming provider said that this is because it didn’t realise how popular its original content would be when it first set out to make shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

These first shows were a calculated risk, said Netflix, so it decided to do them in partnership with other companies.

In the case of House of Cards, it partnered with Sony, from which Netflix bought the regional licences in all the territories it operated in and was going to expand to in the near future.

The regions it did not buy licences for could be sold to other broadcasters – and so Sony sold our region’s first-air rights to MultiChoice.

Netflix said that when the time came to renew, MultiChoice would be given the first option on the Netflix Originals shows it had already licensed.

Considering that DStv is airing the new season of House of Cards on M-Net Edge from Sunday, MultiChoice appears to have exercised its right to renew.

However, it would also seem as though Netflix has been able to acquire the rights for at least a late release window of one of its most popular original shows.

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