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Follow the Money: Netflix and Its $100 Million ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which is basically about what might happen if Richard III and Lady Macbeth were married and decided to take over Washington, DC, has been extremely successful. It cleaned up at the Golden Globes, where it dominated the competition, and, along with its sister show “Orange is the New Black,” which is arguably even more incisive and engrossing, has made Netflix the new HBO. But has it made any money?

The show’s two seasons cost $100 million to produce, which is technically if not legally insane, according to industry analysts. Can Netflix recoup that investment?

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Scheme to Get You to Pay for Six Minutes of TV

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation loved Breaking Bad so much that he wanted to pay $75 million for three more episodes (this was before he knew what the ending of the show would be)—but of course, he also wanted to make some money by doing it. His plan: Break up the episodes into six-minute segments (or 30 segments total) and then charge people 50-99 cents each to watch them, which means it would cost as much as $10 to watch a full episode.
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The Sharing Economy of Streaming Services (Part II)

Jenna Wortham's column this weekend about sharing passwords for streaming services caused a tiny uproar, which the Times public editor addresses this morning.
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It Will Be Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is working on a new show for NBC called The Gilded Age. It will be about the Gilded Age, “a time when money was king.”

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How Amazon Chooses to Fund a Streaming TV Series

The Way Shows Are Made Now.
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The ‘Cord Never’ Generation

The pay-TV industry (those who cater to cable subscribers) is closely watching the television habits of a new generation who they deem as "cord nevers," meaning they didn't cut their cable cords—they never had cable in the first place, and with so many online streaming and viewing option, they'll probably won't ever feel the need to subscribe.
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The Sharing Economy of Streaming Services

This weekend, Jenna Wortham looked at the relatively recent phenomenon among young people (but all people, really) of sharing accounts to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go.
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HBO GO Won’t Go the Netflix Way

You can't always judge a show by its pilot, and I went searching on iTunes and Amazon to download episodes of the show. They weren't available. How was everyone watching it?
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The Most Popular American Sitcom in China is About Low-Wage Workers

If you were to guess which American sitcom was the most popular among viewers in China, which show would you say it was?
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The Business of Being Bluth

At Businessweek, Will Leitch examines the Bluth family business and gets us all excited to see what kind of scheming the Bluths will be doing when Arrested Development returns on Netflix later this month.
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MTV’s “Underemployed”

Have you been watching MTV's comedy Underemployed? It's the kind of show that would be right up our alley, and Nona Willis Aronowitz discusses the role sex plays in the personal economies of some of the characters.