While Netflix has built its streaming service on content previously available elsewhere, its dive into exclusive original content begins in earnest February 1st of next year. That’s when the David Fincher-directed House of Cards series that it reportedly outbid the likes of HBO and AMC for will debut, with all 13 episodes immediately available for streaming in all of Netflix’s service areas. Lilyhammer was an exclusive of sorts that debuted earlier this year, however that was in association with Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Netflix is going it alone backing several original series that will roll out over the next year including the highly anticipated return of Arrested Development (they’re apparently looking for walk-ons, check the video after the break), a murder mystery titled Hemlock Grove from Eli Roth, comedy Orange is the New Black from Jenji Kohan, the creator of Showtime’s Weeds, and the second season of Lilyhammer. There’s no word on why the series will launch next year instead of the originally scheduled “late 2012” window, however production of the second 13 episode season (which Netflix agreed to up front) is already scheduled to begin in the spring as well. We’ll see if the new push for exclusive content can cover some of the holes in Netflix’s catalog and keep current customers aboard while also attracting new viewers, even as competition in the subscription streaming arena increases.
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