Netflix signs up global rights for American Crime Story

Alex Kidman 26 July 2016

people vs ojNetflix’s slow march towards having a single global content library continues after announcing a deal with 20th Century Fox for the rights to American Crime Story.

When Netflix launched in Australia in March last year, it did so with a content library that was significantly smaller than its U.S. offering. That’s largely down to regional differences in rights for specific programs, something that Netflix executives have long railed against. By the time it announced its global expansion plans, Netflix was adamant that it wanted to secure global rights wherever possible for new programs. Recently it did so with the new Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery, which will air on Netflix 24 hours after U.S. broadcast globally. It's also lined up rights for the reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 when it becomes available.

The latest program that Netflix has announced a global exclusive on is 20th Century Fox’s American Crime Story. Netflix will have access to series of American Crime Story "after their respective broadcast windows", although it’s not clear if that means on an episode by episode basis, or as a single season lump; the language of Netflix’s announcement leans more strongly towards the latter case. The rights in the deal are global excluding Canada, which means that once Netflix has it, it should appear in the Netflix Australia schedules at some point in 2017. It will cover the events surrounding the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The deal also includes the first season of American Crime Story, which covered the O.J. Simpson trial and aired in Australia on the Ten network back in March.

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