Aug 23, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Actor and Producer Kevin Spacey thinks Netflix is showing the television industry the future.

Spacey is the star of House of Cards, the first television series nominated for an Emmy Award that was not shown on conventional TV. It was produced by Netflix for streaming.

Spacey told the Edinburgh Television Festival that, by releasing the entire season of House of Cards at once, Netflix has given the audience control over when they watch the show, giving them the chance to binge on it if they want.

Spacey says House of Cards is an eye-opener for people who have been complaining of declining attention spans in the age of the internet. He says, “if someone can watch an entire season of a TV series in one day, doesn’t that show an incredible attention span?”

Spacey says it’s proof that audiences want “complex, smart stories.”

He also points says the model shows television has “learned the lesson the music industry didn’t learn: give people what they want, when they want it, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it than steal it.”

You can watch more of Kevin Spacey’s address here.

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