Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, Netflix exclusive in Europe and Latin America

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?

Source: WSJ

Richard Devine

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3McGs says:

Still waiting for the last 8 (9-16) episodes of season 5 of Breaking Bad here in Sweden. Apparently others have more exclusive rights than Netflix.... Looking forward to more of Saul though!

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abz199 says:

Great news! Stuff like this should definitely bring down piracy.

Lt_Solorna says:

I would love to see it over here across the pond in the States! And yes, I would hire Saul as my Lawyer!

asuperstarr says:

This would be a pretty funny comedy! Should be interesting.

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Alberto Espinal1 says:

I can't wait!!

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Alberto Espinal1 says:

I can't wait!!

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Alberto Espinal1 says:

I can't wait!!

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Alberto Espinal1 says:

Oops sorry about the repeat!!

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groberts1980 says:

I don't see how this could be a kick in the teeth to anyone. Netflix is affordable and available on most devices. This is one more step to cord cutting, and it's the direction more networks and shows should be headed. Like HBO GO and Watch ABC both launching on AppleTV. We need more of this. Although they should come up with a way to subscribe via iTunes rather than requiring a cable account to activate the apps.

zdn1042 says:

Honestly, I haven't watched one single episode of BB. I know it's a crime hearing it's one of the best, if not the best, tv show in history. Someday, someday...