In case you weren't already convinced that Netflix was well on its way to world domination, the latest bit of evidence supporting that theory is the fact that the company is already streaming last night's Breaking Bad premiere to folks living in the United Kingdom.
Typically, UK viewers would have to wait one to three days to catch new episodes of their favorite American shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, which has led to a spike in piracy rates for those shows.
Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix with helping to raise awareness of his show and suggests that a huge part of its immense popularity should be attributed to its availability on the streaming platform. Thus, they went ahead and struck a deal with the company, enabling it to beam Walter White and company across the pond as soon as possible.
“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.” [Variety]