House of Cards

Netflix folds House of Cards amid Spacey claims

Netflix has cancelled the show that has been core to its popularity, House of Cards. The show will end after the upcoming sixth season is complete, with the decision made public soon after allegations of sexual assault were made against its leading star and producer Kevin Spacey. Earlier this week Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony […]

Hulu joins forces with Channel 4 for The First

Hulu and Channel 4 have joined forces on The First, a drama about the first human mission to Mars that will be written by House of Cards scribe Beau Willimon. The US streaming service and UK broadcaster have given a straight-to-series order to the project, which will be set in the near future, have an […]

Netflix reveals ‘Binge Scale’ stats

Netflix users tend to burn through The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, but take their time on House of Cards and Bloodline, according to new data from the SVOD service. Netflix has revealed ‘The Binge Scale’, which it claims shows how customers in more than 190 countries consume more than 100 serialised […]

New encoding impacts on Netflix ISP Index

Netflix’s new ‘complexity-based encoding’ is beginning to boost streaming performance of TV shows and movies while using less bandwidth, according to the firm. In its March ISP Speed Index, Netflix said that its years-long encoding effort, which it announced in December, was starting to impact on its index, with the new encodes resulting in lower […]

OSN retains House of Cards as Netflix makes first Arabic acquisition

UAE-based pay TV operator OSN has retained the rights to the fourth season of Netflix’s House of Cards, despite Netflix’s launch in the country earlier this year as part of its 130-territory expansion. The fourth season of the show is currently available on OSN Play, the operator’s online TV service, and will remain on this […]

Sky Deutschland reveals viewing habit variations

Viewing habits for different top titles vary hugely amongst Sky Deutschland’s base, with non-linear and binge viewing much more popular in the case of some series than for others, according to Jörg Allgäuer, VP, corporate communications, speaking at the Connected TV World Summit yesterday. Allgäuer said that 53% of viewers watch HBO’s Game of Thrones […]

Netflix adds audio description

Netflix has started to add audio description to selected titles on its service to help the visually impaired.  Netflix has rolled out the service with its new series, Marvel’s Daredevil, and said it will add more titles in the coming weeks, including current and previous seasons House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and […]

House of Cards season three leaks after Netflix glitch

A “technical glitch” allowed Netflix subscribers on Wednesday afternoon to briefly watch the upcoming third season of political dramedy House of Cards. The Netflix original show is not due to officially launch until February 27, but was mistakenly made live in its entirety yesterday for around half an hour. It was quickly pulled down after […]

Netflix now streaming in 4K

Netflix says that it is now streaming in Ultra HD 4K quality over the web, with the second season of its original drama House of Cards and several nature films available in the format. In an official blog post, Netflix said that though its catalogue of Ultra HD 4K movies is currently small, it expects […]

Comcast cuts House of Cards deal, mulls own YouTube-type service

US cable giant Comcast has acquired rights to sell season one of Netflix original House of Cards through its set-top boxes. The deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment means the dark political drama will be available to Comcast set-top box customers with Xfinity TV to purchase or rent through the recently launched Xfinity On Demand digital store […]