Bob Odenkirk plays lawyer Saul Goodman in the upcoming series “Better Call Saul” available on Netflix
For all those Breaking Bad fans out there who subscribe to Netflix in the US and Canada aren’t quite as lucky as their peers elsewhere, but the streaming service is bringing “Better Call Saul”, a forthcoming prequel series based on the show’s mall-based lawyer to all subscribers next year. Netflix said Monday that “Better Call Saul” will be available to streaming members in Europe and Latin America shortly after airing in the US, beginning in 2014. In the US and Canada the complete first season of the show will be available to Netflix members after its season finale on AMC.
Netflix will be the only streaming service with the rights to the show, with Netflix pretty much blanketing the Latin America market, however its penetration in Europe Market being more limited. Although connectivity where it has been rolled out in Europe has been pretty high. The deal underscores the international opportunity that digital streaming has opened up for content creators, after syndication (typically long after) was once the chief way for television studios to make money overseas. However Netflix earlier this year arranged for its streaming users in the UK and Ireland to be able to access the latest episode of “Breaking Bad” a day after it aired on cable in the US.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said “Breaking Bad”, which follows a high-school chemistry teacher turned meth drug lord, has been a hit with Netflix subscribers. In the past the AMC network has credited Netflix’s making the show’s back catalog available to binge as a factor in its building popularity from year to year.
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