This is a problem all streaming Netflix users are acutely aware of and today news comes from the New York Post that the company is willing to shell out some serious cash to fix the problem.
Since my marathon run of Dexter episodes, I've moved on to DVDs, but the next problem is that Dexter is still on the air. Soon enough, there will be no more DVDs to be had - and for streaming-only users, DVDs aren't even a temporary solace. But Netflix might have the perfect answer. According to the Post, Netflix is making "an aggressive play for in-season episodes of hit TV shows to expand its Web streaming service" and "is willing to pay between $70,000 and $100,000 per episode."
According to the Post, the battle right now is between the networks and the production companies, who both claim the distribution rights to the episodes. Networks say they own them, while production companies claim they can sell the rights to Netflix. According to the Business Insider, Netflix has spent $350 million on rights to TV shows and movies. At nearly $100,000 per episode, this number would quickly rise.
All we can say to this, of course, is yes please! Just yesterday, Netflix announced a partnership to bring theatrically-released, first-run movies to its streaming offering. The addition of in-season television shows would turn the increasingly popular video service into one of the ultimate cable-cutting options out there.