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Clark Johnson
The year appointment television died
The year appointment television died

The most important TV moment of 2013 didn’t even happen on television. It came on Feb. 1 when Netflix made all 13 episodes of season one of “House of Cards” available online for its subscribers. Social media and the Internet lit up the next two weeks with personal accounts of subscribers “binge-viewing” the Baltimore-made political thriller starring Kevin Spacey — fans streaming one episode after another until they had their fill. Given that binge-viewing had been going on for years with DVDs, and that media habits started more than a half-century ago don’t end overnight, it would probably be an overstatement to call 2013 the year appointment...