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House of Cards (Netflix gets into Original Programming)


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted March 15 2011 - 09:53 AM

http://www.deadline....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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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 16 2011 - 07:18 PM

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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Posted March 18 2011 - 05:32 AM

This has to be a big time production with the names attached.



Media Rights Capital’s “House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack) and was developed by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March). David Fincher (The Social Network), Josh Donen (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Academy Award-winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump ), along with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network) are Executive Producers for the series. Emmy Award-winner Andrew Davies and Michael Dobbs, who produced the original BBC series, also serve as Executive Producers, with Willimon as Co-Executive Producer. The “House of Cards” pilot is written by Willimon and will be directed by Fincher.  


http://www.deadline....ds/#more-115257


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Posted March 19 2011 - 03:48 AM

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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Posted March 19 2011 - 12:52 PM

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.