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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.

Source: Reel SEO

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RE: DT overtly anti-Netflix
By kattanna on 1/5/2012 2:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
Many of the titles I've wanted to watch error out in various places during the show, forcing me to grab the remote (or mouse as this happens on different devices and networks) and restart the show. While this isn't a major issue, it never happened before the past 6 months for me

yeah i have seen that from time to time as well. certain shows will play just fine, but others not at all, but mostly it happens in the late afternoon/evening time.

my new blue ray player has an interesting set of meters when playing netflix, first it will show me my overall connection speed possible, usually around 20Mbps(cable) and then also what im getting down from which ever netflix center im streaming from. Some shows i get 10-15Mbps consistantly.. while some shows start off ok at around 3-5Mbps, it has fallen to 0.1Mbps LOL effectively stopping the show a couple times while watching DS9 the other day.. switched over to a different show, and in HD, and it was swimming again.

im sure it is demand.

RE: DT overtly anti-Netflix
By Joz on 1/9/2012 4:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
I had that exact same problem while watching DS9, I eventually just gave up and waited two weeks to go back to MN (from WI) and borrow the DVDs from a friend.

Much better.

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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