Netflix, NBC Universal renew contract; more shows for streaming

Summary:While everyone continues to go mad over the Netflix price hikes, at least the online rental service is holding on to some of its Hollywood studio contracts and adding more content.

While everyone continues to go mad over the Netflix price hikes, at least the online rental service is holding on to some of its Hollywood studio contracts and adding more content.

However, some of that new content will likely not be enough to please subscribers who are upset over the fact that unlimited DVD rental plus streaming plans start at almost $16 now.

Netflix recently lost a whole slew of Sony-owned content from its digital library, and it's had issues with other studios and networks, namely Showtime, in the last year. Considering many subscribers and the media can now be added to its frenemy queue, Netflix can need all the partners it can get.

Enter NBC Universal. The Peacock Network and Netflix renewed their multi-year licensing agreement, which not only keeps content from that studio available online, but it also brings some new stuff along with it. Of course, that extra stuff comes with more licensing fees, so you can see why Netflix rates are going up.

Some of the film picks that will be available in Watch Instantly are top notch (at least in my humble opinion), including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Motorcycle Diaries.

New episodes from the standard and generally popular NBC programs such as The Office, Law and Order: SVU and 30 Rock will also be added to the collection.

Mysteriously, The Los Angeles Times reports that new episodes of Saturday Night Live will not appear anymore in the Watch Instantly section, at least not for now.

Yet, more episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane will become available. Those shows might not be enough to justify paying an extra $6 per month for most Netflix subscribers, but those are just a few of the many programs and movies incorporated to this deal.

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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