Netflix gets original programming, buys David Fincher television series

Rental streaming juggernaut Netflix has finally begun to enter the world of original programming after several years since it began its video on demand service, dubbed "Watch Instantly." Recently, Neowin reported Hollywood was beginning to fear that Netflix would become the dominant player in the streaming video market and as such would be able to dictate how that market will fluctuate. It seems, however, that the company is quite all right with cutting out the middleman entirely.

According to Deadline, Netflix, which has previously stated it wasn't interested in producing original content, has outbid both HBO and AMC for Media Rights Capital's (MRC) drama television series House of Cards. The show was reportedly bought by Netflix for a cool $100 million with a two-season commitment of 26 episodes total. Airing, or streaming, and marketing its own original content would certainly prove a challenge to Netflix and test the company's abilities. The deal would allow the show to go straight to series without piloting, virtually unheard of in traditional television business, though MRC is known for having produced content that has gone straight to series.

MRC is an independent film company responsible for producing movies such as the acclaimed Babel and the more recent The Adjustment Bureau and is also behind several television series, the most successful of which was Rita Rocks; the company has also produced webseries such as Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.

House of Cards is executive produced by and starring Kevin Spacey and executive produced and directed by David Fincher (who recently made The Social Network); the pilot would mark Fincher's television directorial debut. The show is based on the book and British miniseries of the same name.

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Well HBO example is a good one to Netflix, as long as they keep the content fresh and without the hypocrisy (with only politically correct series) that guides broadcasting in the US, then they are sitting in a potential huge mountain of money....Netflix channel on cable could be a very good next step.

They need more streaming titles the day they release.. tired of waiting for them and tired of seeing only 1 part out of 3or 4 you can stream such as LOTR's you can only stream fellowship and not the others.. wtf!!

sava700 said,
They need more streaming titles the day they release.. tired of waiting for them and tired of seeing only 1 part out of 3or 4 you can stream such as LOTR's you can only stream fellowship and not the others.. wtf!!

Why is it so hard for people to understand the fact that it is the studios' fault in cases like that, not Netflix's fault? If the studio won't license the content for streaming, then Netflix can't stream it.

Taking the shows that other networks don't want ala Stargate, legend of the seeker, etc would be a very good move. I for one would sign up for netflix

Greatbigdragon said,
As a Netflix user, I would totally vote for Firefly and Stargate.
Adam Baldwin is a tad bit busy at the moment, mkay!!! (As is Nathan Fillion)

Michael Collado said,
Adam Baldwin is a tad bit busy at the moment, mkay!!! (As is Nathan Fillion)

Agreed, but he has the right idea. Any new player in the market, one not bound by the big five studio MPAA cartel, has the opportunity to drive the final nails in the coffin of those legacy entertainment companies.

And that's a very good thing for all of us.

Greatbigdragon said,
As a Netflix user, I would totally vote for Firefly and Stargate.

You'd only be able to get Universe. The casts of the other show have things going on, like Sanctuary.

Netflix's is going to crush Comcast and Direct TV and Dish network ..
They need to add a good Sci-fi, Drama and bring back Law & Order ...

GenBlood said,
Netflix's is going to crush Comcast and Direct TV and Dish network ..
They need to add a good Sci-fi, Drama and bring back Law & Order ...

This could be true for DirecTV and Dish Network, but for Comcast, unless you have another internet source, they have the control in the end. All they'll do is impose stricter caps or throttle Netflix.

IceBreakerG said,

This could be true for DirecTV and Dish Network, but for Comcast, unless you have another internet source, they have the control in the end. All they'll do is impose stricter caps or throttle Netflix.

Probably Then you would have to try and prove anti-competition and they would say blah blah too much traffic blah blah

GenBlood said,
Netflix's is going to crush Comcast and Direct TV and Dish network ..
They need to add a good Sci-fi, Drama and bring back Law & Order ...

Don't know about the other networks, but Dish will always have its place because Netflix has yet to open up to other languages. My mother a basic Dish package that gives her nothing but German channels. If Netflix starting offering shows from Germany, not American shows dubbed in German, she'd have Netflix also.

I like the sound of this, maybe they would be interested in picking up shows which the major networks are not interested in but the fans are?
i.e. the usual ones that are bemoaned like stargate, firefly etc. Be great to see shows live on through a medium like this. I would even get a netflix account to support it.
I shall watch how this progresses with interest

Teebor said,
I like the sound of this, maybe they would be interested in picking up shows which the major networks are not interested in but the fans are?
i.e. the usual ones that are bemoaned like stargate, firefly etc. Be great to see shows live on through a medium like this. I would even get a netflix account to support it.
I shall watch how this progresses with interest

Yeah, if that happened I would definitely have to sign up for netflix

Teebor said,
I like the sound of this, maybe they would be interested in picking up shows which the major networks are not interested in but the fans are?
i.e. the usual ones that are bemoaned like stargate, firefly etc.

I was thinking the same exact thing with Stargate. But really any Sci-Fi shows will do since no one watches live TV anymore.