Netflix announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a deal to stream shows like the long-running Star Trek franchise and hit series like The Handmaid’s Tale.
The move marks the first time Netflix has picked up a streaming service and shows that have already had some success in the US, including The Handmaiden and Daredevil.
The acquisition is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.
The deal also means that Netflix is likely to stream some of the series already in development by AMC, but also has the option to work with other companies.
“Netflix will continue to bring shows and series to its audience, and we will be investing in new content for Netflix to continue delivering great original series and movies,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement.
Netflix said it is already working on other projects, but didn’t provide details.
Netflix is also in talks with Amazon, which has an existing deal to distribute a number of its shows, including Daredevil, to its Prime members.
Netflix has previously expressed interest in buying a number.
It has previously said it could invest in more original content, as well as adding a new series.
“We’re very excited to continue investing in our original content portfolio, and to work alongside Amazon and other global distributors to help them reach new audiences,” Hastings said.
Netflix plans to start streaming the original series Star Trek: Discovery in October.
“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond our core original content,” Netflix said in the statement.