Love them or hate them, Netflix has always been a cutting edge and standard setting company. Despite their missteps in 2012 they are still the company that revolutionized DVD-renting by offering a direct mail service years ago and eventually putting Blockbuster out of business. They almost single-handedly ushered in streaming video services as a new norm in this country and very well might help put physical discs out to pasture. Now hold on to your hats boys and girls because Netflix is at it again with House of Cards.
Why hamstring yourself by always being at the mercy of just offering other company’s content? Why not just make your own as well? House of Cards is a Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey. From their website:
Bad, for a greater good.
Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern D.C. Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”) and Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) costar in the first original series from David Fincher (“The Social Network”) and Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”).
I’ve watched all 13 episodes of this ground-breaking political drama and I give it a huge thumbs up. It’s not perfect, no first or second year of a new series ever is, but it’s really, really good and I highly recommend it if you are interested in secret alliances and dirty-behind-the-scenes, corrupt government officials. Kevin Spacey is awesome of course and I’d be a bigger fan of his if he wasn’t such a pussy when it comes to being out and proud about who he as LONG been rumored to be. He obviously went to the Jodi Foster School of Shame and Guilt so I’ve never been a strong supporter of his.
I do respect and applaud the savvy efforts of Netflix to produce their own quality content and use their own platform to deliver it directly to their own consumers. Cable has long-held TV watchers hostage and I think other formidable players on the content producing front will only raise the bar for good content but drive costs down too.