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House of Cards on Cable TV? It May Soon Happen…

House of Cards has been a flagship show for Netflix for years now. For many when they think of Netflix original shows they think of House of Cards.

However, Sony owns the global distribution rights and has been approaching cable and broadcast networks to gauge their interest in acquiring reruns of past seasons of the show. This would be interesting turning point for Netflix because in the past it was Netflix working hard to get access to broadcast TV shows but now the tables may turn.

Right now there is no confirmed buyer, but it is reported that Sony has several networks interested in a possible deal. There are several issues though as House of Cards was not made for traditional pay TV. There are run-time issues and content issues that would likely force the winning network to sacrifice story or ad space along with having to cut it down to meet FCC rules for traditional broadcast TV.

At the same time this may be a win for Netflix. Putting House of Cards on traditional pay TV could open it up to new subscribers. While many Americans pay for Netflix, there are still a large number who do not and many who have never paid for Netflix.

Netflix may be hoping that having its flagship original show seen by more Americas will attract more subscribers.

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4 Responses to House of Cards on Cable TV? It May Soon Happen…

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    Sunny Rain May 3, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    This is not a good thing for Netflix. It just means that Netflix doesn’t have full control over the rights for the show. It also takes away exclusivity which is important for Netflix. Also, if Sony owns the show, Netflix won’t get anything from syndication money.

    Also, this isn’t the first time Netflix licensed a show to another network. They’ve done that with Disney Channel on a couple shows like Mako Mermaids for which Netflix is the exclusive distributor outside Australia.

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      mau47 May 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      Yeah, this is the case with a lot of their early Netflix originals and why they can’t stream them in all of the countries they offer service. They wised up and have corrected that so they have say over where the shows end up going forward for at least most if not all of their new originals.

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      Ottis DA Da aD May 6, 2017 at 8:36 am #

      Some seasons of House of Cards have already aired on television, overseas in places where Netflix wasnt available. Netflix is exclusive when & if their service is available in whatever country/region FOR THIS PARTICULAR SHOW. Sony only has rights to distribute physical copies.

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    Ottis DA Da aD May 6, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    Some seasons of House of Cards have already aired on television, overseas in places where Netflix wasnt available. Netflix is exclusive when & if the service is available in whatever country/region for this particular show. Sony only has rights to distribute physical copies. This article is very inaccurate.