Netflix lands the streaming rights to a classic ’90s sitcom

The much-loved series will debut on Netflix UK and Ireland on New Year's Eve.

Netflix UK and Ireland has landed the streaming rights to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

The streaming giant announced tonight (December 1) that the classic ’90s sitcom will be added to its library on New Year’s Eve. “Pull up to the house about 7 or 8. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, coming December 31st,” the company tweeted from its UK and Ireland account.

Fresh Prince ran for six seasons on US network NBC from 1990-1996 and starred Will Smith as a West Philadelphia teenager – also named Will Smith – who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in the affluent area of Bel Air, Los Angeles.

Last year it was reported that Smith was planning a reboot version of the series.

This week, Netflix has also made some content available to download for offline viewing for the first time.

At present, only some of Netflix’s content is available to download for offline viewing, but the streaming giant promised that there will be “more on the way”. To take advantage of the new download feature, Netflix users will first need to make sure they have the most recent version of the app.

A report last month (October) claimed that Netflix is planning to spend a massive $6 billion on content next year. This sum will be spent on original series such as Stranger Things and House Of Cards. It will also fund new additions to its library of films and classic TV shows.