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2. Re: Netflix to Deliver All 13 Episodes of ‘House of Cards’ on One Day. Feb 1, 2013, 14:00 Beamer
Panickd wrote on Feb 1, 2013, 13:52:
Why wouldn't they? It's awesome to watch a show knowing that if you like it you don't have to wait a week to see another episode. I have lost count of the number of shows I have found on Netflix and watched a season at a time.

Though true, there's a reason companies hook you with 1 a week. Well, aside from it being significantly easier for them (they start airing before the season is finished, giving both time as well as the ability to make adjustments to what the audience likes and doesn't), but it keeps people there. And talking.

House of Cards was released in its entirety today. It will be talked about today. And tomorrow. But the die hard fans will watch an entire season in the next 2 weeks. And then they'll stop coming in to work and telling their coworkers how great it was. They'll move on to the next thing, and just wait for it to come back.

In other words, huge immediate buzz, but no sustained buzz. No tail.

Plus you risk people signing up for one month of Netflix, watching the whole thing, then canceling. I suppose you also gamble to have them plan to do that and get hooked on Netflix' other content. So it isn't like this is a stupid idea. But I don't think it's one Netflix will do regularly.
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