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Netflix, other Web networks vie to be new HBOs of TV drama
Netflix, other Web networks vie to be new HBOs of TV drama

With a reported $100 million price tag and a big-name star like Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" looks like a drama series that should be headed for HBO or AMC. But the 13 one-hour episodes that start filming in Baltimore in March under the direction of David Fincher are being made by and for Netflix. Yes, that Netflix, the one with the red-and-white envelopes you get via snail mail, or the one you stream programs from online. "House of Cards" is the biggest and most credible challenger yet to cable TV's control of quality original programming. Just as premium channels such as HBO started making their own films in the 1980s to wrest control from the broadcast...

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