Though we all know Netflix as our number one source for reruns of beloved, canceled-too-soon and maligned, canceled-too-late TV shows produced by other networks, soon we'll know it for shows it produces and distributes itself.
According to Deadline, Netflix is getting into the original content business, starting with a new series called House of Cards, which is set to star Kevin Spacey and be produced and directed (the pilot episode, anyway) by David Fincher.
The show, which is based on a novel based around post- Thatcher British political maneuvering (which was also adapted for a 1990 BBC miniseries--which I assume won't be available for streaming any time soon), had also been courted by HBO and AMC, but reportedly was picked up by Netflix after the company committed to a two-season order. Rarely do networks order more than pilots when picking up a new series, and when they do, it's never for more than a season's worth of programming, so this is a pretty new, and big deal. Deadline is bandying numbers close to $100 million for the overall deal.
With Netflix having made overtures in the past to wanting to get into original content, services like Amazon and Facebook currently nipping at their heels with their own potential streaming programs, and a number of network renewals coming up that could increase licensing costs, this all makes a lot of sense. What do you think? Are you interested in seeing Netflix as an alternative to network and cable TV? Or are you satisfied just watching whatever Michael Dudikoff action thriller Starz happens to be streaming in a given month?