It was just last year that South Park Studios was excited to have made a deal with Netflix NYTimes.com reported:
Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker are in the midst of working on the first show of the new season. They have yet to tire of putting the boys in fresh jams and are thrilled by the Netflix deal. The studio met with Hulu and Joost, but only Netflix made a cash offer.
“There was no talk of ad splits or guarantees or advances, just a payment for a show Netflix seemed really happy to have,” Mr. Stone said. “We’ve never given the show to anybody else to stream, but we like Netflix as a service. We use it.”
Mr. Stone suggested their approach could be a game-changer for creators. For example, cable companies worried about migration to the Web could make separate deals and get online rights as well, giving customers a way to access programming any way they choose and creators another payday.
May 22, 2010 Update: South Park Studios has renewed their contract with Netflix!
May 19, 2011 Update: This article has been gaining heavy interest lately. I was wondering why... and I had remembered that seasons 1-12 of "South Park" are scheduled to be taken off Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service on May 22, 2011. I'm expecting South Park Studios to renew their contract with Netflix once again, but I'll keep you posted if I receive any official word.
June 6, 2011 Update: As expected, South Park Studios has renewed their contract with Netflix. In addition to seasons 1-12, you can now watch seasons 13-14 on Netflix "Watch Instantly!"
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