Netflix signs deal for The People v. O.J. Simpson and more

26 Jul 2016

The popular first season of American Crime Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson, has attracted the might of Netflix, with the online service securing exclusive streaming rights in a global agreement.

Starting in 2017, American Crime Story will be featured on Netflix.

The first instalment of the FX franchise, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was a standout success. The 10-episode series earned 22 Emmy nominations, and has become the basis for the first streaming video-on-demand deal signed between Netflix and 20th Century Fox.

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“We’re excited to evolve our relationship with Fox and to bring their lauded content to our members around the world,” said Netflix’s Sean Carey.

“Given the popularity of the first season of American Crime Story, we are thrilled to offer this acclaimed drama series to our members.”

Starting from next year, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story will be available on Netflix, with subsequent series made available once their original broadcast windows are over. The deal is not quite global, and will not extend to Netflix Canada.

“We’re extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Netflix on this ground-breaking deal,” said Gina Brogi of 20th Century Fox.

“We are very proud of the first instalment of this franchise, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which has received extraordinary critical acclaim and perfectly captured the cultural zeitgeist.”

The news comes just one week after Netflix secured a landmark international licensing agreement for the new Star Trek television series, which will see each episode made available globally within 24 hours of its US premiere.

The Star Trek deal is for Netflix customers outside of the US and Canada, and the entire back catalogue of Star Trek series episodes – 727 in total, from the various series down the years – will be available on Netflix by the end of this year.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic