Fans of the AMC hit Breaking Bad that live in the UK have a great treat thanks to the fine folks of Netflix. Fans of the show in the United States aren’t as lucky — they need to wait to download the show on iTunes the following day — but fans in the UK will be able to stream the latest episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix instantly after they air.
Talk about a game-changer.
This instant syndication could represent a real shift in the way American broadcasters approach foreign audiences. AMC’s The Killing is syndicated to Netflix’s UK users in the same way. Although the situation has improved in recent years, British viewers have traditionally had to wait until at least the following night, and often face delays of days to watch their favorite shows. This has led to high rates of piracy for hit US series like Game of Thrones, True Blood, and The Walking Dead.
Netflix has been instrumental in making Breaking Bad the success that it is,” says Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, echoing previous comments on the platform. “I am delighted that fans [in the UK] will be able to enjoy the end of Breaking Bad on Netflix so soon after it airs in the US.”
It’s a shame that US fans of the series cannot be as lucky.