Last week was all about Facebook, but this week is all about Netflix. Arstechnica reports that 61% of all streaming video or video downloads probably come from Netflix (for the story, click here).

Even more astonishing is Deadline's report that Netflix may soon acquire Media Rights Capital's highly anticipated TV series "House of Cards," to be directed by David Fincher with Kevin Spacey as the star (both serve as executive producers).

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In the brilliant 1990 British miniseries (see the first five minutes, above), Ian Richardson gave a coruscating performance as a Conservative Chief Whip who manipulates everything in the Houses of Parliament to support his goal of becoming the Prime Minister.

Fincher and Spacey will re-set the drama in the United States, using a script by Beau Willimon. (Andrew Davies adapted Michael Dobbs' original novel for the 1990 series, which spawned two more novels and miniseries, "To Play the King" and "The Final Cut.")

The report has sparked debate about the enduring strength of the mainstream TV industry when an on-line rental service like Netflix can distribute original programming of this calibre. I'm just excited to see what Fincher can do with material as rich and charged as "House of Cards."

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