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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011

‘Mad Men’ coming to Netflix streaming


Jon Hamm portrays Don Draper in the AMC series "Mad Men." (AP/AMC)
AMC’s “Mad Men” may be on hiatus until 2012, but fans will soon have a new way to watch. Lionsgate has reportedly struck a multi-year deal with Netflix to bring Don Draper and the gang to a streaming-video account near you.

Netflix reportedly paid up to $900,000 per episode for streaming rights, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. The first four seasons will start streaming on July 27, with additional seasons added each year, the Associated Press reported.

Netflix also recently acquired the rights to an original television show, “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey.

Worried about the service’s popularity, networks have been pulling away from the company. Showtime recently pulled some of its shows from the streaming service, including its hit “Dexter.”

Judging by the panic that ensues every time Netflix goes down for more than a few minutes, however, it’s clear that there’s a strong market for its streaming content as viewer habits change. This past fall, the company began offering a streaming-only plan, ditching its original model of disc rentals.

How have your viewing habits changed? Do you watch much television on television? Or is your computer your main source for video?

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