Netflix this week announced the list of January additions to and subtractions from its streaming video library. High-profile additions include the 1990s sitcom "Friends," the 2004 comedy "Mean Girls," and the 1971 drama "The French Connection."
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Netflix in November debuted "Marco Polo," the latest series to debut on the streaming service (though it was originally developed for the Starz cable channel). Reviews were mixed, with The Verge calling it a "rip-off" of "Game of Thrones."
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The Tina Fey comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" was picked up by Netflix in November. The series was originally picked up by NBC earlier this year before being dropped, and is now scheduled to debut on Netflix next spring. Two seasons of the show have been ordered.
The first season of NBC's "The Blacklist" debuted on Netflix on Sept. 7, about one week after the company announced it had acquired the rights. While terms of the deal were not announced, 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."
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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.
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.
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The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement.
- Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Co. co-chairman
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.
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Netflix Nov. 14 officially shut down its public API. The shutdown was first announced in June, and means that third-party apps will no longer be able to request certain data from Netflix, such as what titles are available on the service.