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Netflix Lands First-Run Rights for ‘Breaking Bad’ Final Season in U.K., Ireland

Internet streamer pacts with Sony Pictures Television to carry skein a day after U.S. broadcast on AMC

Netflix will bring Walter White’s final hours to Blighty and the Emerald Isle a day after airing on TV in the States.

Internet streamer cut pact with Sony Pictures Television to make the second half of the fifth and final season of meth-fueled drama “Breaking Bad” available exclusively to Netflix members in the U.K. and Ireland starting on Aug. 12, the day after skein premieres on U.S. television on cabler AMC.

New episodes will be available on Mondays following the U.S. broadcast. For Sony Pictures Television, deal may be aimed at mitigating losses from overseas piracy, which ramps up for high-profile TV shows that debut in the States before they are available in other territories.

Under Netflix’s pact with SPT, prior seasons including first eight episodes of season 5 of “Breaking Bad” are currently available for streaming in the U.K. and Ireland. In addition, prior seasons of acclaimed drama are available to subs in the U.S. and Canada.

SEE ALSO: Vince Gilligan of ‘Breaking Bad’ Looks Back

“We are thrilled to be bringing the highly anticipated final season of ‘Breaking Bad’ to Netflix members in the U.K. and Ireland on a first-run basis,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “‘Breaking Bad’ is a once-in-a-generation caliber of show and continues to be a huge success on Netflix.”

“Breaking Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan commented, “Netflix has been instrumental in making Breaking Bad the success that it is – particularly in the U.K. and Ireland, where it has built an audience and become a huge phenomenon. I am delighted that fans there will be able to enjoy the end of ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix so soon after it airs in the U.S.”

Skein stars Emmy-award winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as high-school chemistry teacher Walter White turned meth overlord and drug-runner Jesse Pinkman. “Breaking Bad” garnered 13 nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards including outstanding drama series, Cranston for lead actor in drama series, Paul for supporting actor in drama series and Anna Gunn (Skyler White) for supporting actress in a drama series.

SEE ALSO: ‘Breaking Bad’ Poster: What Will Happen to Walt?

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