Unless you have been living under a rock lately you know that the British mini-series Downton Abbey is the talk of Hollywood, the U.K. and nearly everywhere else in between and beyond. So much so that Netflix has be streaming season 1 for its subscribers while Hulu has been offering season 1 and season 2 to those who have been clamoring to catch up on the much-buzzed about mini-series or simply to rewatch it in all its glory.
But now, according to a report at Deadline, it looks like those two entities will end their streaming services because Amazon has “snatched” the exclusive rights to the latest season starting on June 18; and “they will remain the sole streaming home for the series for next season and, if it’s produced, the one after (that)”.
So, here are the specifics: Netflix will stop their streaming service of ‘Downton Abbey’ as of July 1 while Hulu will continue to provide the mini-series (both seasons 1 and 2) until “an unspecified time” near the end of this year at which point “all streaming rights will belong solely to Amazon”. Seasons 1 and 2 are “already available on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service” and the company states that ‘Downton Abbey’ is its “most watched series ever”.
For those who need a refresher, ‘Downton Abbey’ is the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning mini-series that debuted on PBS here in the United States in September 2010 from the creative mind of Julian Fellowes (‘Gosford Park’) that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the legend of servants who keep Downton Abbey running. The series includes among its cast Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton and Michelle Dockery (among countless others).
The next new episode of the current and third season of ‘Downton Abbey’ will air on PBS this Sunday, February 10 at 9/8c.