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Netflix deal brings 'Narcos' to broadcast TV

The Univision partnership will also create a series about the Mexican crime lord El Chapo.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
May 17, 2016
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Did you watch Netflix's Narcos and think it would be a perfect fit for TV? So did Univision. The Spanish-language broadcaster is forging a partnership with Netflix that will bring the first season of the Pablo Escobar crime saga to TV through the Univision Network. You'll also see the first run of Netflix's futbol drama Club de Cuervos air on UniMas. The second seasons of both productions will still be Netflix exclusives (this is more of a promotion than an olive branch), but it's good news if you've wanted to show your friends what all the fuss was about.

Of course, this added exposure comes at a cost. Netflix and Univision are making El Chapo, a drama series surrounding the namesake Mexican crime lord, that will arrive first through UniMas in 2017. Yes, you'll have to wait to see it on Netflix proper. That may be a small price to pay for Netflix, which no doubt wants any help it can get in courting Spanish-speaking viewers, but it's unfortunate if you're used to Netflix getting first dibs on most of its co-productions.

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