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"Lilyhammer" will be available starting February 6 while "House of Cards" will premiere later in 2012

In March of last year, it was discovered that Netflix was looking to acquire original programming. It's still pursuing that venture, but the first series isn't what was originally expected.

Netflix was bidding against other networks like AMC and HBO in March 2011 for the original program "House of Cards," which is a Media Rights Capital drama series about a British politician who is looking to succeed Margaret Thatcher as the prime minister. As it turns out, Netflix won that bid and the show was set to be the video streaming/DVD rental giant's first original series.

However, it seems plans have changed. While "House of Cards" will still debut later in 2012, Netflix has another original program that will premiere long before that. In fact, the show will be out next month.

Netflix's first dip into original programming will be a show called "Lilyhammer," which is about a New York mobster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano who is entering the federal witness protection program. He ends up moving to a Norwegian town called Lilehammer, but he calls it "Lilyhammer."

The first season of "Lilyhammer" will have eight episodes, and Netflix has committed to two seasons for now. It will be available for video streaming on various devices, but not for DVD by mail.

The concept of the show sounds interesting and I'll probably check it out, but it's hard to tell if the show will catch on and become a hit since Netflix has been bombing in every other aspect these days. Acquiring original programming back in March 2011 was likely a good idea when Netflix was on top of the video world, but after raising prices, changing plans, unveiling (then throwing away) the Qwikster DVD idea, etc., Netflix could have a hard time pushing the show.

"Lilyhammer" will be released in the U.S., Canada and Latin America on February 6. Below is a trailer for the new show.

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RE: DT overtly anti-Netflix
By Reclaimer77 on 1/4/2012 2:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well hey welcome to the wonderful world of software/hardware :) That could be an issue with whatever you're viewing Netflix with, or the Netflix app itself. Or you might not have Silverlight updated or etc etc. I don't see how that means Netflix's service is crap. I've never had your issue happen to me. Hell you could be having a router/network issue, who knows! Have you tried to contact support and track this down or Google your problem or anything?

Also, I've really started to enjoy Amazon's Instant Video for the Prime members. While it doesn't have as large of a selection, it is growing, and I've had 0 issues with playback on any of my devices.

I'm only using Prime currently cause I get a free month with my Kindle Fire. I'm not impressed. It has way too many commercials (dealbreaker), barely any content, and what's with the lack of HD options? Also, I'm sure this will change with time, they barely have any third party device support. If I wanted to be stuck on my computer watching content, I wouldn't need Netflix OR Prime.

I can't see how anyone could objectively saying Prime is the better streaming service over Netflix. If you judge it as a stand alone service, and ignore the shipping perks with Amazon, it fails horribly vs Netflix.

RE: DT overtly anti-Netflix
By aebiv on 1/4/2012 2:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I've talked to them many times. The error isn't about a connection though, it's always one that says "Netflix is having an issue playing your title right now."

This is across many devices as well, from the Revue, to my tablet, phone, and multiple computers. It happens on the same titles too, not just randomly.

Also, nothing has changed on my freebsd router, and I've used other firewalls (Cisco ASA, D-Link etc) to experiment as well.

The interesting thing is, I've never seen a commercial on my Prime membership. Admittedly, half the content I've watched I've technically purchased on their service though. I've also found quite a bit in HD as well, that plays beautifully on the Revue, tablet, phone and computer :)

So yes, since the primary content provider for my TV is a Revue and HTPC, Prime has far better reliability and quality for me on those devices.

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