Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) members will get to watch "Dexter" under a licensing agreement CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS) announced Monday. The first four seasons of the hit Showtime series will be available to watch immediately on Halloween, and the following four on New Year's Day.
“Dexter” stars Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, America’s favorite serial killer. Dexter works as a forensics expert in Miami who spends his day behind the mask of the Miami Police Department and his nights as one of their most wanted serial killers. Dexter, who follows a code of honor taught to him by his late father, only kills people who truly deserve to die. Thus he gives his deadly compulsion meaning, ridding the world of evil people while feeding his urge to kill.
Intertwined with the underlying story of Dexter’s need to kill versus his desire for happiness, the Showtime original throws many twists and turns into the loop to keep its viewers as satisfied as Dexter himself. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos says, “We’re thrilled to have ‘Dexter,’ one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed it’s record-breaking run.”
Since “Dexter” has been available only to Showtime subscribers since its inception, the move to Netflix may pose great value to the company, giving everyone the opportunity to view the hit show. According to The New York Times, CBS, which owns Showtime, intends to try to sell the series in syndication to a basic cable network and to broadcast television station.