Francis”Frank” Underwood, a House majority whip who plays the Washington game such as a chess grand bigg boss voting, is one of the more interesting characters of the present network television season.
But Underwood, portrayed by Kevin Spacey, doesn’t appear on any cable or broadcast TV network. And he does not appear on any TV that is not connected, directly or via a computer or other apparatus, to the Internet.
Underwood is the main part in”House of Cards,” the show that premiered this month on Netflix.
The company then got into the video streaming enterprise. Its subscribers can now choose from a fairly extensive variety of content, including many old films and television shows and some popular new ones. The video streaming business is still sorting itself out, with various shows on free advertising-supported venues, including the TV networks’ own sites, alongside subscription services such as Netflix and leasing or purchase options on Apple and Amazon. Amazon is also a rising power in flowing content, in which it could ultimately challenge Netflix how Netflix contested Blockbuster in movie rentals.
Both video leasing and streaming are supply businesses. The actual energy, as cable TV suppliers have understood, is in possessing the material which is being distributed. Cable companies regularly lose battles in which they attempt to hold the line on charges required by owners of hot content. That is why cable leaders like Comcast and Time Warner have invested heavily to acquire or develop their own content titles, like NBC and HBO. Just this week, Comcast announced that it is buying out General Electric’s 49 percent interest in NBC, giving Comcast sole possession of the broadcaster and its cable affiliates, for example MSNBC.