The success of digital video services continues to rage, and the latest big news item is that in certain territories the new Breaking Bad spinoff will be exclusive to Netflix. European and Latin American viewers will be turning to their Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or any number of other Netflix compatible devices when "Better Call Saul" begins in 2014.
Starring Bob Odenkirk and co-created and executive produced by "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, "Better Call Saul" tells the story of mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White's attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all.
In the UK, the final season of Breaking Bad was exclusive to Netflix, with each episode becoming available almost simultaneously with the the U.S. TV broadcast. In this part of the world, it was previously unheard of for such a big name show to be exclusive to an online service, and here we are again with a follow up. U.S. Netflix subscribers will only get access to the content after AMC has broadcast the final episode.
Perhaps these kind of agreements are a more positive step towards the cable cutting so many of us dream about? It's a small step, sure, but if all you needed to enjoy new, great shows was a cheap Netflix subscription and something to watch it on – which amounts to almost any device these days – then perhaps it would be possible? What do you guys think? Step in the right direction or just a kick in the teeth to folks who don't want to get in with Netflix?