boosts TV content

Programming added to the online streaming service includes Weeds, The Big C, Saturday Night Live and The Tudors.

Traditional TV in Canada is being shaken up again this month with the announcement from that it is adding a raft of new TV titles to its existing offering.

New programming added to Netflix’s slate in Canada include seasons one and two of Weeds, season one of The Big C and season one of Undercover Boss

Licensed shows from the CBC include seasons one through four of The Tudors, season one of Men With Brooms, and seasons one and two of Republic of Doyle – additionally, season two of Doyle will be available for streaming the day after eps air on the Ceeb.

On the comedy front, Saturday Night Live ‘Best Of’ specials, along with the last two seasons, will also be available, as well as seasons one through five of Kids in the Hall.

FremantleMedia will bring the first two seasons of family drama Merlin to the streaming service in the first half of 2011, along with seasons one and two of comedy series Pulling.

Kids content from Cookie Jar Entertainment was also annouced as part of a long-term deal with Netflix for content in Canada and the US. On home turf, the pact covers more than 500 half-hours with series such as Bunch of Munsch, Caillou, Country Mouse City Mouse, Heathcliff, Horseland, Inspector Gadget, Paddington, Wimzie’s House and Zoboomafoo.

‘Adding to the choice of content we offer our members is an ongoing focus for Netflix in Canada,’ said Kelly Merryman, VP of content acquisition for Netflix, in a statement. ‘TV content continues to be extremely popular with our members, and we believe that they will be delighted with the expanding list of critically acclaimed and popular TV series available to watch instantly.’

Several of the new titles are available now, with the rest arriving in the coming weeks. Netflix recently inked deals with ABC and Disney for US-only content, but has been criticized for lacking the same breadth of programming in Canada.

Netflix’s unlimited streaming service launched in Canada this past fall and now counts 16 million members in the US and Canada.

From Playback Daily