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Netflix announced the release of its unique 13-episode remake of the series House of Cards on Friday. In a promotional effort, the video content subscription service will allow non-subscribers to watch the first episode free of charge and without any obligations.

In order to watch the remaining season, a minimum one-month subscription must be purchased for $7.99, As a preventive method to keep users from purchasing a subscription for one month, finishing the series, and cancelling, Netflix has decided to implement more original programming that will hopefully draw more users.

Produced with an estimated budget of $650 million, the new House Of Cards is a American adaptation of the original 1990 BBC drama. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the production takes its place among other Netflix originals like Hemlock GroveOrange is the New Black, and Derek.

“Imagine if books were always released one chapter per week, and were only briefly available to read at 8pm on Thursday,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, “and then someone flipped a switch, suddenly allowing people to enjoy an entire book, all at their own pace. That is the change we are bringing about. That is the future of television How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything I've been building a media centre recently. Actually, scratch that – I’ve been building two. One is a compact device (my Raspberry Pi) running the RaspBMC distribution of XBMC, while the other is a traditional... Read More . That is Internet TV.”

You can watch the first episode of House of Cards now.


How do you feel about Netflix releasing a unique television series? Will you watch House of Cards? Do you believe releasing all episodes at once is a wise move?

Source: CNET

  1. Mac Witty
    February 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    And they buy twitter ads, sorry sponsored posts - got a lot of them, do not like it
    Anyhow, might take a look as I liked the original

    • Joshua Lockhart
      February 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Sponsored posts are no big deal. Twitter's a free service. It keeps them in business...

      Besides! This is pretty spiffy. They needed to advertise it quite a bit since it could change the future of entertainment.

  2. Marius Gheorghiu
    February 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Netflix has begun to cotton on to the idea that TV Show junkies exist.The fact that you have been able to watch a story without having to wait for each new chapter has ruined many a morning for me.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      February 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

      This is how the past few days have been for me.

      Oh Arrested Development, why must you entertain me so?

  3. Scott Macmillan
    February 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    It is an interesting marketing strategy for netflix.We will see how it all works out.

  4. Achouak Ben
    February 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    netflix is the best

  5. Christian Cawley
    February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Is it as good as the original?

    • Alex Downs
      February 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I can't speak for the original; I never really watched political serial dramas, but after 2 episodes I'm already hooked.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      February 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I can't speak for it either. Haven't seen it. I'm willing to bet it will be good, though. Netflix is really making a push for original content, so they have to make the show as good as or better than everything else out there.

      • Christian Cawley
        February 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

        Hmm, I'm tempted to watch it, but it makes me yearn for the original. Frustrating :D

        • Joshua Lockhart
          February 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Throw caution to the wind, Christian.

        • Mark O'Neill
          March 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

          I have the original on box-set and seen it many times. I highly recommend it. Ian Richardson is just brilliant.

          I was a bit nervous when I heard there was going to be an American adaptation as these things never go well (the Office, anyone?). But when I saw the cast, I was instantly won over as I knew that Kevin Spacey wouldn't cack it up. And I was proven right. :-)

  6. Shubham Pandey
    February 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Funny New Way of Television Marketing.. ;)

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