Netflix regularly makes additions and subtractions to its streaming library, both of licensed and original content.
Netflix confirmed Aug. 28 that it had acquired the streaming rights to "The Blacklist." The first season will debut Sept. 7. While Netflix has not disclosed the size of the deal, Deadline.com reported that Netflix paid a record $2 million per episode. The previous record was $1.35 million per episode for "The Walking Dead."
Netflix reached a European licensing deal with CBS Oct. 13 that includes shows like "Dexter," "Penny Dreadful," and "Under the Dome." The agreement covers countries like Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Netflix began expanding into Europe in September.
One high-profile series removed from Netflix on Oct. 1 was the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama "Battlestar Galactica." The Verge noted Sept. 26 that would-be viewers could have watch all four seasons if they started viewing by midday Sept. 28 (and took no breaks).
Other high-profile shows Netflix has licensed in recent months include the Ricky Gervais comedy/drama "Derek" (which originally debuted in the UK in 2012), and the cartoon "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Netflix will also begin streaming a live action Marvel series sometime in 2015.
Netflix reached a deal to offer the first two seasons of the British gangster drama "Peaky Blinders," the company announced Sept. 24. The show, which is set in Birmingham just after World War I, stars Cillian Murphy. The six-episode first season will debut Sept. 30, with season two slated to be added in November.
In addition to licensing pre-existing content, Netflix in recent years has also funded the development of exclusive, original content like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." The company spent $100 million alone on the two "House of Cards" seasons that have aired so far.
On Sept. 2, Netflix acquired the worldwide streaming rights to "Gotham." The Warner Bros.-produced show will air on Fox. It is an "origin story" of Batman / Bruce Wayne as a child in Gotham City. Similar deals are usually done country-by-country, but Netflix can stream the show worldwide.
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Netflix, the Weinstein Co., and Imax announced a deal Sept. 29 to release "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" simultaneously on Aug. 28, 2015. The sequel will be directed by Yuen Woo-ping and star Michelle Yeoh, who will reprise her role from the first film.