30 January 2013 11:19 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

As Netflix prepares to debut its first original series this week, the company is already looking forward with plans to expand its lineup of original programming.Netflix plans to raise $400 million by selling eight-year “senior debt notes,” the movie and TV streaming service announced Jan. 29. About $225 million will be used to refinance the company’s existing debt, while the rest is intended for “general corporate purposes” including investments, potential future acquisitions, and other strategic corporate transactions.Specifically, Netflix needs to continue acquiring licenses to stream films and TV shows, and also hopes to invest further in its own original content. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a note to shareholders last week that the money “would give us additional reserves as well as increased flexibility to fund future originals.”Netflix’s newest original offering, David Fincher’s remake of the BBC miniseries “House of Cards,” stars Kevin Spacey as a »

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