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In an unusual move, streaming video service Netflix will start streaming new episodes of AMC’s The Killing in the U.K. and Ireland the day after they air on TV, the company announced today.
Back in March, it was revealed Netflix had cut a deal with Fox Television Studios to be the exclusive streaming provider of season three of The Killing. Originally, AMC was not planning to bring The Killing back to TV for a third season, but Netflix’s deal made it possible to go back on the air.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Season 3 of The Killing exclusively to our members in the U.K. and Ireland,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “The Killing is an incredibly gripping fan favorite so we wanted to make each new episode available as soon as possible.”
The Killing details the lives and exploits of homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. After closing the case of Rosie Larsen’s death at the end of season two, the show is “rebooting” with a new twisted case following a serial killer. Viewership declined significantly during the second season, so it was important for the show to start with a fresh case.
This move closely follows the debut of new episodes of cult comedy TV show Arrested Development, which were produced by and will only stream on Netflix. The streaming giant also has produced popular original TV shows including House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, with other shows also in development.
American Netflix members will be able to watch the third season of The Killing three months after the season ends its run on TV. While this isn’t as good of a deal as U.K. and Ireland Netflix members are getting, it is still a shorter-than-usual window for typical American TV shows moving over to Netflix.
It should also be pointed out that while Netflix doesn’t usually get TV shows the day after they air, rival streaming video service Hulu often does have TV shows for viewing either the day after or a week after an episode airs. But Hulu will not get season three of The Killing, and other deals by Netflix that are similar to this would prevent rivals from airing the same TV shows.
The Killing photo via AMC