US NEWS: Content providers get cold feet with Netflix

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Netflix, one of the leading US streaming media providers, has changed distribution agreements with two of its biggest content providers, as broadcasters get more protective over content.

Showtime and Starz, responsible for the likes of Dexter, Californication and Spartacus in the US, have both moved to protect their broadcast agreements, reports the FT.

Showtime, a Pay-TV service owned by CBS, said it would remove all of its first-run programming from Netflix.

Starz meanwhile is to implement a 90-day window between the first broadcast on TV and content appearing on Netflix.

Streaming services such as Netflix, and the likes of Acetrax, Apple, LoveFilm and soon-to-be Amazon service in the UK, are increasingly being seen as competition to traditional providers and a threat to pay-TV services.

A UK launch for Netflix has been rumoured for some time but for now the company is only available in the US and Canada.

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