Many of Gervais's standup specials have appeared in the U.S. on HBO. Of the deal with Netflix, Gervais said in a statement last September, “Netflix is the future. TV habits have already changed drastically over the last 10 years and this is the next phase. People want their favorite shows on demand whether they are homegrown or not.”
In a tweet Wednesday he reassured U.S. fans that Derek would be coming in April, but joked that he didn't mind if they "somehow" found another way to view the show.
Derek will be available in America, exclusively on Netflix, from April. I wont hate you if you watch it before that...somehow ;)— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 13, 2013