House of Cards (Netflix gets into Original Programming)

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  1. mattCR

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    http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/netflix-to-enter-original-programming-with-mega-deal-for-david-fincher-kevin-spacey-drama-series-house-of-cards/


    With a commitment that outbid HBO and AMC for Kevin Spacey's drama, Netflix is committing nearly $100M to a two year series (so far) that will be exclusive to their streaming service.. the times, they are a changing!
     
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    Wow they are changing. Its a gutsy but ultimately a smart move by Netflix. Starz has proved with Spartacus that the right series can bring people to a subscription service. With Amazon nipping at their heels is seems like a smart thing to do.
     
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    This has to be a big time production with the names attached.




    http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/its-official-netflix-picks-up-david-fincher-kevin-spacey-series-house-of-cards/#more-115257
     
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    As a former Netflix customer--the DVD only days-- it's interesting to see them evolve. And seeing them move from a movie-geek thing to a service for busy non-geek moms and dads to watch streaming tv from their wii or PS3. I marveled the first time I read that Netflix was named with a vision for the net. They aren't Mailflix or Discflix. Going back a decade, the founder had some sense of the future business. And now this Marquee-name show they've got first rights on. An interesting development. Given how savvy Netflix has been, I can only assume this is a significant event for them and the industry. And as a fan of tv, and chooses not to spend $60 s month on cable, I excited about the emergence of a major new network, of sorts, that's about $8 a month with much the flexibility of a TiVo.
     
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    The big problem is really that Comcast (and other cable companies) have been semi-covertly positioning themselves against this eventuality anyway with their bandwidth caps. 2-3 years ago when they introduced it, 250GB was a ton of bandwidth, but that number is conveniently (for Comcast) remaining at 250GB as things like this cause bandwidth usage to increase. I've said all along that these bandwidth caps were a preemptive strike against Netflix, unfortunately. It mean that Netflix might grow into being a content provider like this, but they're already handicapped from the start (and this will continue as streaming video quality increases).


    As much as I want to see Netflix disrupt the industry, taking the step into being a content provider is going to be an issue, because the cable companies are just going to fight harder.
     

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