It’s about time we got a taste of what Netflix has been cooking-up on its own in the US. The Americans have been enjoying all that fancy new original Netflix content including Lilyhammer for months now, while the UK has been stuck out in the cold. Now we’ll get to see what all the fuss (or lack there of) is about, but only after it’s been broadcast on BBC. What the hell?
Apparently, even though Netflix commissioned the show exclusively in the US, other networks in other countries around the globe were free to pick up the rights separately in their home nations – that’s good old region lock in operation there. The BBC did just that, and we’ll be able to watch Lilyhammer on BBC 4 later this year. Netflix UK will then pick up the show in full after it’s broadcast on terrestrial TV.
I’m not sure if Lilyhammer is going to be any good, but I’m pretty excited to see what Kevin Spacey has cooking with his House of Cards -- let’s hope Netflix buys the rights to that in the UK sooner rather than later. [C21Media via The Next Web]