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TV streaming: six of the best shows

16 February 2013 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Streaming shows online is already a popular way to watch TV and now, with the success of House of Cards, will there be more web-only commissions too? It's a quiet revolution…

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Speaking at a Bafta-organised forum a fortnight ago, director Peter Kosminsky said he'd had an epiphany. Like a great many TV fans right now, he'd stayed up late watching back-to-back episodes of House of Cards, the new political drama starring Kevin Spacey that is currently enjoying a Killing-esque vogue. "I realised," said Kosminsky, "that I was watching the end of an era."

The end of an era because House of Cards was commissioned, produced and funded to the tune of $100m (£64m) by online subscription-service Netflix, which started life as a DVD rental outfit. All of the drama's 13 episodes were available to view as soon as it was launched at »

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