Netflix to Stream ‘Better Call Saul’ After AMC Airs ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff in 2014


Netflix acquires exclusive subscription VOD rights to hourlong drama from 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan

Netflix cut a deal with Sony Pictures Television to bring “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to Emmy-winning series “Breaking Bad,” to U.S. subscribers after the show finishes its run on AMC in 2014.

In the U.S. and Canada, the complete first season of “Saul” will be available to Netflix members after its season finale on AMC, while customers in Europe and Latin America will have access to new eps a few days after U.S. broadcast. The deal makes Netflix the exclusive subscription video-on-demand in all its territories for “Saul.” Netflix currently streams all episodes of “Breaking Bad” with the exception of the final season (the second part of season 5) in the U.S. and most other regions.

SEE ALSO: ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’ a Go at AMC

“Better Call Saul,” which stars Bob Odenkirk as ethically compromised strip-mall lawyer Saul Goodman, was co-created and executive produced by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and scribe Peter Gould. Spinoff tells the story of Goodman in the years before he repped Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the high-school chemistry teacher turned meth overlord.

AMC has not yet set a premiere date for “Saul.” Sony was ready to take the project to Netflix if AMC had passed on the hourlong drama.

“Coming off of the overwhelming success of ‘Breaking Bad,’ we’re excited to continue our collaboration with Vince, as well as Peter Gould, and that fans around the world will be able to embrace ‘Saul,'” Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, said in announcing the pact.

Netflix content head Ted Sarandos hailed “Breaking Bad” as “one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television” and said the spinoff “promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling. We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world.”

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  1. P_Ang says:

    Months after the finale, still waiting to be able to stream these. Where are they Netflix?

  2. jedi77 says:

    See, this is the way you combat piracy and gain ratings. It is a constant wonder to me that no-one else sees this simple fact.
    A show like, say, Almost Human on Fox. It is slumping in the ratings, and the mid season premiere didn’t do much good for them. By all accounts it is looking at cancellation.

    What Fox should have done to boost ratings and awareness of their new show (which is actually pretty good) was release the first half season episodes on Netflix (6 episodes) after the last one aired.
    Give the tens of millions of US subscribers a chance to catch up on the show over Christmas, and maybe, just maybe, you would have seen a spike in ratings when it returned in January.

    Use the new media landscape to your advantage Hollywood. Breaking Bad has already proven what a Netflix audience can do for a shows ratings.

  3. Will there be any filming done in NM?

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