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Netflix has nabbed exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the Fox series 'Gotham'.

'Gotham' is yet to air on Fox, but once its first season is complete, it will be available for streaming on Netflix.


The deal grants Netflix worldwide rights, as opposed to negotiating country by country.

'Gotham' is made by Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Distribution (WBWTD). Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, WBWTD's president, said in a statement: "In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry."

The stakes are hotting up in the battle for streaming rights. Netflix recently paid $2 million an episode for 'Blacklist', which again, was yet to air. But the deal paid off, as the show proved a hit with viewers.

Netflix is thought to have paid somewhere in the same region for 'Gotham'. Netflix's rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video were also thought to be sniffing around, which would have pushed the price up considerably.

'Gotham' explores the back stories of many of the characters from the Batman universe.

"'Gotham' is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world," Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said.

"The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love."

Source: Variety

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