CBS is one of the top networks to air new series in the last year. Supergirl and Limitless were highlights of their fall line-up. It’s one of the many different TV shows that have premiered in 2016 that are based of movies. Limitless, a series adaptation of the movie that Bradley Cooper starred in 2011, will stream this year on Netflix. Let’s find out.
To give you some background information on the series and its origins, both the TV show's premise and the film are the same. A few select people are given a new experimental pill that unlocks 100% of the brain's power. Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper star in the movie. It is available on Netflix in certain regions, including Europe and South America. In the movie Bradley plays a failing writer who’s new abilities means he can push forward in creating the perfect books but not without attracting some unwanted attention.
This TV series shows a new angle on the FBI consultant, who uses his new skills to catch criminals. Jake McDorman plays the part of Brian Finch and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rebecca Harris, Hill Harper portrays Spellman Boyle.
We need to examine the network and distributors of Limitless to determine if Netflix will offer it as a streaming service. The current broadcaster of the show is CBS. In the past and indeed the present, Netflix and CBS have come to arrangements in multiple regions bringing their content to the service with notable exceptions but we’ll cover that in a minute. So with that said, a partnership between the two content providers is possible but there’s a couple things that could stand in the way.
First, the Time Warner boss (who owns CBS) outlined their plans to ditch content providers such as Netflix and instead add their content to an exclusive platform. CBS All Access is the name of this platform. What’s not clear is whether or not that means the show is exclusive to that service with no intention of ever joining Netflix.
We also have to look at other shows in the same arena on CBS and whether they’re streaming on Netflix. Limitless may join the list of shows that are currently unavailable on Netflix. However, The CW is another Time Warner network and has almost all their content streaming online. Of course another angle we have to take would be whether Hulu or Amazon Prime outbids Netflix on exclusivity which at the present time, they’ve not done.
At the moment we’d think the probability of the show coming to Netflix is around 50/50 but only time will tell. It is our hope it will be available on Netflix streaming.
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