If you are in the United Kingdom and looking for a way to watch the latest episodes of Breaking Bad, which returned for it’s final run tonight, you are in luck. Unlike fans in the United States that need to wait until the following day to download the show on iTunes, UK Netflix users are able to immediately stream the most recent Breaking Bad episodes after they air in the USA.
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.”
If Netflix would do this worldwide, it would be a complete gamechanger for fans of television. However, they need to pick and choose their battles.
While the USA fans may have some jealousy that UK fans get the luxury of watching immediate Netflix streams of the latest episodes, they will have to deal with it and enjoy the show when it becomes available in the states.
After watching the first episode of the final run, it will be well worth the wait.
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