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Creeping closer to TV channel, Netflix licenses 'Fargo' abroad

The star-studded FX television sequel to the Coen brothers' film will be available on Netflix in the Netherlands the day after it airs on TV in the US.

Netflix wants to be the world's hottest cable channel that isn't on cable, and it's creeping closer with another syndication deal for a high-profile show.

The online-streaming video site will make episodes of FX's upcoming series "Fargo" available on its platform in the Netherlands almost immediately after the shows air in the US.

The deal follows one Netflix secured earlier this year to make the final eight episodes of AMC's "Breaking Bad" available to Netflix customers in the UK and Ireland a day after the US airdate. Netflix said it was part of its "continued effort to make great programming available faster."

With its own growing slate of original programming and now deals for online syndication quickly after episodes air, Netflix has been morphing itself from a repository of movies and shows into something more like a cable network.

Under the "Fargo" deal, Netflix members in the Netherlands can to watch shows of the 10-episode limited series instantly, beginning April 16. The hour-long episodes will arrive on Netflix weekly, within 24 hours of the US broadcast on FX.

FX's "Fargo" is produced by Joel & Ethan Coen, the creators of the original film, as well as MGM Television and FX Productions for the FX Network in the US, with MGM Television acting as the lead studio and worldwide distributor of the series. Its recent trailer featured a host of award-winning film and television stars, including Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, and Oliver Platt.