Netflix to produce Spanish-language original comedy

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As it continues to grow, Netflix regularly makes additions (and subtractions) to its streaming video library.

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
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Netflix said April 23 that it is now producing its first Spanish-language original series. The series, which does not yet have a name, will be a comedic "look into the world of professional [soccer]." The series will debut in 2015.

"[Director Gaz Alazraki] has the disruptive vision and creative storytelling we were looking for in producing our first original series in Mexico." Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix

The series "centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner's death" and will be filmed in Mexico.

Netflix said April 7 that it will debut the second season of "Derek," a comedy-drama written and directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, on May 30. The first season became available on Netflix in September 2013. The series debuted in the UK in 2012.

"24," the TV action series starring Kiefer Sutherland that debuted in 2001, is now only available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon's video streaming service that's available to Prime subscribers. The deal was announced April 1, one week after Netflix said it would no longer carry the show.

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"Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time, and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come. The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from the Walt Disney Co. and its subsidiaries." Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix

Several well-known movies became available via Netflix streaming for the first time in January 2014, including "Big Trouble In Little China," "Bull Durham," "Raging Bull," "Spaceballs," and "West Side Story."

The addition of films like "Raging Bull" comes at the same time that nearly 90 other films, including "Braveheart" and "Titanic," are being removed from the streaming service. Netflix says that it regularly adds and subtracts titles due to licensing requirements.

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Netflix and CBS agreed to extend their two-year licensing agreement July 8, keeping titles like "Star Trek," "Twin Peaks" and "Frasier" on the streaming service, while adding new ones like " CSI: NY," "L.A. Complex" and "The 4400."

Netflix said on June 17 that it had reached a deal with DreamWorks for the Hollywood studio to create 300 hours of original children's programming for the streaming video service. Programming will include well-known DreamWorks characters from movies like "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda."

Netflix in May let its licensing agreement with Viacom lapse, eliminating shows from networks like Nickelodeon and MTV from its streaming video library. In June, Amazon signed a deal with Viacom, bringing many of the shows to its streaming video service.

Netflix on May 1 lost 1,749 titles (both movies and TV shows) from its streaming catalog after several deals with studios including MGM, Universal, and Warner Bros. expired.

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