Netflix Hopes New Shows Will Woo Us Back

With the company still reeling, Sarandos’s original programming initiative is vital—a way for Netflix to both control costs and create exclusives that none of its competitors will ever be able to carry, drawing subscribers onto its rolls, and off of theirs. That’s why its shows need to be not just passable, but critically acclaimed.

“People keep saying, ‘Oh, you’re going to become like HBO?’?” Sarandos said over lunch in Las Vegas in April, before an event at which he unveiled the first footage from House of Cards. “I say, ‘No, no, no. HBO is going to become like Netflix.’ We just have to get really great at original before they get really great at all the stuff that we do.”

Remember when we all loved Netflix, and then our beloved company decided to call its DVD-by-mail service “Qwikster” and charge us more, and we laughed and said no, and then canceled all of our subscriptions? (I put my subscription on hold for a few months because I’m not currently using it.) Netflix hopes its new original programs will woo all of us back. Who is looking forward to Netflix’s “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher? Well, we’re looking forward to new episodes of “Arrested Development,” right?

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bgprincipessa (#699)

I did the same thing – put it on hold for about 5 months, because I was just fed up. I did reactivate it about 2 months ago, but now I just have the DVD only plan. $16 is too much in a month for me! I like having the DVDs come one at a time because I feel more of an obligation to actually sit down and watch it intentionally. If I only had Instant, I’d continue to deter actually watching anything because I’d think “Oh, I can watch it any time.” That, or I’d watch endless hours on hours.

But yeah AD!!! Can’t wait.

camanda (#132)

I actually find the idea of remaking House of Cards totally appalling. The original is excellent, and is AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX. Watch the original instead! This is my advice to all.

I have a streaming-only plan because whenever I have the DVD plan, I can’t make myself sit down and watch any of the discs. I don’t watch commercial TV anymore and just watch everything via my Roku on one channel or another, so it’s easier to just flip to the Netflix channel when I want to watch something.

I save $10 a month and find myself actually using the thing, which is nice.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

I’m That Guy who would rather watch House of Cards than Arrested Development. Because +1 for Kevin Spacey, and -100000 for a few more years of listening to rabid AD fans try to explain the show’s hidden genius to me.

Megano! (#124)

Mostly just Arrested. But I do think they’re onto something. The current TV model needs to change drastically. People aren’t watching TV the same way they used to anymore, and all television networks, cable included, need to start realizing that.

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