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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 continually makes changes to its streaming video library as old licensing deals expire and new ones are implemented. Films added to its library in August 2014 include Red Dawn, Rocky I-V, and The Birdcage.
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.
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.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld said in a July 24 Reddit AMA that "conversations are presently taking place" regarding making his hit sitcom "Seinfeld" available on Netflix. Select episodes of the show, which won 10 Emmy Awards in its eight-year run, are currently available on streaming service Crackle.
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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