VoD service Netflix will launch its original series House of Cards in all the countries in which it operates on February 1 next year.
All 13 episodes of the drama, which features Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright, will go online at the same time. Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the move would give its viewers “complete control over how and when they watch the show.”
Among the other big names attached to the project is The Social Network director David Fincher, who helms the first two episodes and is exec producing the entire series – a remake of a 1990s BBC political drama transposed to modern-day Washington DC.
The series is part of Netflix’s original content drive, as the firm aims to compete directly with premium cable networks such as HBO with its own high-quality productions.
Netflix debuted its first series, fish-out-of-water drama Lilyhmmer, earlier this year, and has a string of others in the works, including horror series Hemlock Grove, a new season of cult Fox comedy Arrested Development and season two of House of Cards, to which Netflix committed itself when it lined up the series.