Best News Ever: Netflix Enters the Original Programming Game

This just in: Netflix is entering the original content game by reportedly outbidding the likes of HBO and AMC for David Fincher’s HOUSE OF CARDS, a new series starring and executive produced by Kevin Spacey that dramatizes the political manoeuvrings following the end of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as British Prime Minister.

According to Deadline Hollywood, “Netflix landed the drama project by offering a staggering commitment of two seasons, or 26 episodes… in a deal that is believed to be worth more than $100 million.”

According to us, where things get really interesting is when one starts to consider what a move like this could mean for the future of the entertainment industry as a whole.

Not only does this bold and forward-thinking deal signal the arrival of an incredibly deep-pocketed and powerful player on the scene, one that unlike virtually every other Hollywood studio embraces technology and the new business models that come with it. It more importantly provides fans of lowly rated fare that may-or-may-not currently find itself perched firmly on the proverbial “bubble” yet another avenue on which to pin their “Save Our Show” hopes on!

No really. Can you imagine the goodwill, not to mention additional subscriber revenue Netflix could theoretically generate if they decided to throw a few million dollars at the likes of a CHUCK, FRINGE, LIE TO ME, among others. Or, for the sake of discussion, which Joss Whedon fan wouldn’t gladly hand over $8 per month (and their first born!) for a commitment from Netflix to make Nathan Fillion’s dream of rebooting FIREFLY a reality?!

Assuming of course this game-changer of a deal is just the beginning, the possibilities are endless. So much so that the only thing we know for sure is that traditional networks and cable providers should be afraid… be very afraid.

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  • AC

    Ala cart tv would be a dream if possible. I’d hand over a fee to Netflix to keep good dramas like FRINGE in production.

  • I’ll be watching it. And if Fringe ends up somewhere like that too I’d be all over that as well. Netflix has consistently made more sense than its competitors over the years and has been friendly to progress. I’m interested in seeing where this goes.

  • If Netflix starts saving good shows, I’d be willing to pay some kind of Netflix-tax.