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There is a new competitor for HBO and Showtime in the television landscape - and, for the first time, it is not a television network.

Netflix, the popular online film service, said on Friday that it had licensed the exclusive rights to "House of Cards," a show that is to be directed by David Fincher, the director of "The Social Network," and to star Kevin Spacey.

The deal immediately makes Netflix a player in premium television programming.

"House of Cards," a serialized political drama, will look and feel like a traditional TV show, but it will not be distributed that way. Rather than having its debut at a certain time and date on a TV channel, "House of Cards" will have its debut online, where there are no set showtimes.
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"Just a couple years ago, this would be completely unheard of," Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, acknowledged in an interview. "It speaks a lot to how quickly this market is emerging...
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Exactly why we need to have unbiased broadband providers...
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Very interesting... I like this idea.

However, I can see how this would attract a crowd (those who do not work on fix schedules). I don't know why it has taken this long for this to come about.
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Very interesting... I like this idea.

However, I can see how this would attract a crowd (those who do not work on fix schedules). I don't know why it has taken this long for this to come about.
Netflix might be unattractive to most producers. They might not return as much revenue if they stick to only netflix.

I'm not exactly sure how netflix works, but don't you pay a fixed monthly fee and then pay for the movies? Some people might not like to pay for a service just to pay for the show afterwards?
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Originally Posted by mega_option101 View Post
Very interesting... I like this idea.

However, I can see how this would attract a crowd (those who do not work on fix schedules). I don't know why it has taken this long for this to come about.
Me too. I've always liked Netflix and the nut they had to take on Blockbuster, and have been waiting for something like this to come along online to compete with the current networks.

They've got the right formula for success with the big name actor and director.
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Netflix might be unattractive to most producers. They might not return as much revenue if they stick to only netflix.

I'm not exactly sure how netflix works, but don't you pay a fixed monthly fee and then pay for the movies? Some people might not like to pay for a service just to pay for the show afterwards?
Nope. The DVD service is all rental based. You pay a monthly fee (the amount you pay depends on how many movies you want sent at a time.) You watch them, and send them back.

The streaming of movies online is included in your monthly fee.

IMO this is the next logical step in distributing major shows. I wonder though if Netflix will make any money off of this deal?
Edited by AtomicFrost - 3/20/11 at 1:57pm
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Netflix might be unattractive to most producers. They might not return as much revenue if they stick to only netflix.

I'm not exactly sure how netflix works, but don't you pay a fixed monthly fee and then pay for the movies? Some people might not like to pay for a service just to pay for the show afterwards?
Of course that will always be a concern.

I don't think this series would have agreed to this had it not have been for some serious numbers. So I think that Netflix might have done their market research.

I think that they are going to take this to new heights if done properly.
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Me too. I've always liked Netflix and the nut they had to take on Blockbuster, and have been waiting for something like this to come along online to compete with the current networks.

They've got the right formula for success with the big name actor and director.
Blockbuster and all movie rental places are a thing of the past now.

Why? Because you have services like Netflix that will do it from the comfort of your own home. I know that for some this is not a viable option (because they don't watch movies that often). So it is for a certain market

They are pioneering a new era of TV broadcasting and I think that this in itself is deserving of some praise.
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Blockbuster and all movie rental places are a thing of the past now.

Why? Because you have services like Netflix that will do it from the comfort of your own home. I know that for some this is not a viable option (because they don't watch movies that often). So it is for a certain market
I'm not sure if you know this or not, but Netflix also streams quite a bit of tv shows in addition to movies. As a stockholder and as a customer, I see Netflix growing substantially. It just makes too much sense and they have such a big lead going into the future.
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I'm not sure if you know this or not, but Netflix also streams quite a bit of tv shows in addition to movies. As a stockholder and as a customer, I see Netflix growing substantially. It just makes too much sense and they have such a big lead going into the future.
I do not watch TV... I don't even own a TV

Thanks for letting me know!
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Blockbuster and all movie rental places are a thing of the past now.

Why? Because you have services like Netflix that will do it from the comfort of your own home. I know that for some this is not a viable option (because they don't watch movies that often). So it is for a certain market

They are pioneering a new era of TV broadcasting and I think that this in itself is deserving of some praise.
Yea, Netflix and Redbox are it now. Redbox for those "gotta have it tonight" and netflix for everything else.

Problem is that you get netflix through your ISP, and they don't like Netflix taking their business (which is whole dofferent thread).
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