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SPACEY: IN TIME, ALL TV SHOWS WILL EMULATE HOUSE OF CARDS‘ MODEL

February 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Days after Netflix announced that House of Cards will be coming back for a third season, the star of the show, Kevin Spacey, has told the Baltimore Sun — the series is produced in Baltimore — that he’s convinced that it is transforming television into an online, on-demand model. “Perhaps, we have demonstrated that we’ve learned a lesson that the music industry didn’t learn,” he told the newspaper. “And that’s give the people what they want, when they want it, in a form they want it in at a reasonable price, and chances are they’ll buy it and not steal it.” There have been numerous reports that, despite the low Netflix cost, the series is still being pirated. But the numbers of bootleg downloads have only been in the tens of thousands, while Netflix credits House of Cards for lifting the number of subscribers by millions. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last month, Spacey predicted that television networks will ultimately be forced to emulate the Netflix model. “Ultimately the business will catch up with the audience,” he said, “People know what they want and how they want it. They want to stay in command. And networks are either going to catch up or they’re going to go somewhere that provides [audiences] with what they want.”