In an unprecedented attempt to have their cake and eat it, Batman prequel series Gotham will not only be airing on Channel 5 in the UK at the end of 2014, but will be on Netflix as soon as the conventional broadcast has ended at the beginning of 2015.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the autumn season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
“The Batman origins 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.”
“In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry,” said Jeffrey R Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution.
“While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis. Netflix is a perfect home for Gotham following its initial broadcast in each respective country, giving Netflix subscribers the opportunity to catch-up prior to the new season, whether they’re already fans or discovering it for the first time.”
Gotham begins 22 September 2014 on Fox in the US and autumn on Channel 5 in the UK. You can buy Batman: Year One for £7.69 at Amazon.co.uk, and find out more about the comics that inspired the show with new digital magazine Uncanny Comics.