*UPDATE: Due to a miscommunication on Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk's Twitter account, The Albuquerque Journal mistakenly claimed that Netflix would be airing episodes of the second season of his AMC show the day after they aired in the U.S. Please note that this is not the case and Odenkirk's tweet was, in fact, referring to Netflix's deal to stream Season 1 of the show. We are sorry for any confusion caused by this inaccuracy.*
Over the last few years, both Netflix and Hulu have existed in some form of peace. Though competitors, the two companies served different consumer needs.
One is the home of next-day streaming for those who like to keep up with television as it happens, the other is a highly curated catalogue of television and movies prime for hours of binge watching.
But as of late, Netflix has been making headlines by also jumping into the production game with a number of popular and critically acclaimed original series.
Boasting titles like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards to its name, and deals with Harvey Weinstein and Adam Sandler in progress, the company is already shaking up network and cable television. But a recent announcement has made it clear that Hulu hasn't quite escaped the line of fire.
Netflix has officially thrown down the gauntlet and is now infringing upon Hulu territory. Today, Vanity Fair announced that AMC would be partnering with Netflix to provide next day streaming for their popular Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul.
Considering Netflix played such a huge role in maintaining the popularity of Breaking Bad, it makes sense that AMC would entrust the streaming service with the rights to their content. There's no word yet as to whether other series like The Walking Dead or Into the Badlands will follow suit, but if all goes swimmingly with this partnership, it seems a definite possibility.
Although episodes of Better Call Saul getting added to Netflix the day after they air isn't quite revolutionary, it's a long ways from the red envelope DVD subscription of days past and certainly indicative of what the streaming company is looking to do in the future. And from what we can tell, it looks like they want to do it all.
(Source: Vanity Fair)