Just a few months after Disney took its first step toward streaming its ABC shows online beyond its abc.com domain by inking a deal with Hulu, the network announced this morning it would begin distributing some of its shows on Netflix's streaming service.
Some shows, including the first four seasons of "Lost," were made available on Netflix on Aug. 1, and the remainder will be made available in the next few months. The new content adds to several other Disney/ABC shows such as "Hannah Montana," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "The Suite Life on Deck," "Jonas" and "Sonny with a Chance," which Disney/ABC began airing on Netflix in late 2008.
The deal is great news for Netflix subscribers. Beyond some NBC shows such as "30 Rock" and newer content via a deal with Starz, a lot of the movies and TV shows Netflix streams are cheaper, more obscure "catalog" content. As Netflix continues to add more mainstream streaming content, it's becoming a better value and a stronger competitor to cable video-on-demand offerings.
This won't do much to affect ABC's newish deal with Hulu: That's more about current-season content than older content, whereas it would be a huge shock to see current-season ABC episodes on Netflix.
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Rory Maher writes for the Business Insider.