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Report: Netflix to Pay $100 M for Exclusive Show

Netflix has been threatening cable companies for a long time and it looks like the DVD-delivery and on-demand streaming service is encroaching on TV networks’ turf with its latest endeavour: the company is apparently trying to get exclusive rights to some choice new content.

Deadline.com reports hearing talk of a Netflix deal that would see an all-new TV series, a U.S. adaptation of House of Cards, belong exclusively to Netflix for two seasons.

“Negotiations are still going on, but I hear Netflix landed the drama project by offering a staggering commitment of two seasons, or 26 episodes,” writes Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva.

“Given that the price tag for a high-end drama is in the $4 million-$6 million an episode range and that a launch of a big original series commands tens of millions of dollars for promotion, the deal is believed to be worth more than $100 million and could change the way people consume TV shows.”

Aside from being directed by Hollywood’s David Fincher (Fight Club, the Social Network), the series will star Kevin Spacey and has supposedly generated quite a bit of interest at several major networks. We can’t imagine they’ll be too pleased about losing the prize to Netflix.

With more companies offering steaming and on-demand content, it’s no wonder Netflix is turning to alternative revenue streams, but this is something we didn’t expect. It’ll also be interesting to see how consumers react to the news. Would you pay for Netflix if you knew a show you wanted to watch was exclusive to the service? Let us know in the comments below!

No word from Netflix on the rumors, but we’ll keep you posted.