Now streaming on Netflix: SpongeBob, Cartman
Selections from MTV Networks channels such as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon are available for Netflix customers to stream on the Web or on compatible set-top boxes.
Viacom's MTV Networks has brought some of its television content to Netflix's library of streaming online video, the companies announced Monday.
The offering consists primarily of kids' shows from the Nickelodeon network, with select seasons from the shows "iCarly," "Blue's Clues," "Dora the Explorer," "SpongeBob SquarePants," and a handful of others, as well as the first nine seasons of "South Park," the Comedy Central animated series that you probably don't want your kids watching.
Netflix's streaming-video service still very much takes the back burner to its DVDs-by-mail service, but the company has deals in place with TiVo, Boxee, Microsoft's Xbox, and some HDTV providers.
It's also the second streaming Netflix deal for Viacom, which licensed content from its Logo network last year. Viacom has also signed content deals with Joost (Disclosure: CNET News publisher CBS is an investor in Joost) and NBC Universal-News Corp. joint venture Hulu, which"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report."
One major player in the video world with which you probably won't see MTV Networks making a deal any time soon: YouTube. Viacomagainst YouTube parent company Google over infringing content.