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US NEWS: Netflix to stream Mad Men in $90m deal

Mad Men

One of our favourite TV shows, Mad Men, is to be streamed on Netflix in a deal said to be worth around $90m (£55m), according to The Wall Street Journal.

The online video service has secured the rights to all seven series of the show for around $1m per episode after signing a deal with producer Lionsgate.

From July, viewers will be able to stream the first four series. The remaining three series, which are still to be made, will be available to stream once they have aired on US cable channel AMC.

In the UK, the fifth series has been snatched from the BBC by Sky which will broadcast it on its premium Atlantic channel.

Production on series five was delayed due to a dispute between the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, and the producer and US broadcaster, but this has now been resolved. It will go into production this July and air in the US from March 2012.

Last month Netflix signed another deal with film studio Miramax to stream its library of more than 700 films, including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.