Doing something once is often innovative, doing it twice is disruptive.
House of Cards was a smash hit, but Orange is the New Black shows that the model works, rather then just a show. After all, not too many people remember the 2nd major Netflix program Hemlock Grove. Even better, its a sequel.
Whether you like the show or not, one has to watch how programming will change in the next 2-5 years. On one side we have companies like Aereo who are taking existing content and putting it online ( paid services recaptured as digital ) and then on the other side you have online SAAS models who are making original content (Neftlix, Amazon Prime, hulu+, and even Youtube ). Netflix is ten bucks a month, where Comcast might be 100 easily – that’s a huge delta.
Pending strategic business development deals ( eg. Apple + Comcast ) and changes in copyright laws / policy (Aereo getting sued ) this space will be very heated and interesting to watch for the short and long term. Content is expensive to create, and opportunity costs for who loses out on the syndication make this an very strange space. Content distribution is a big part of why people are concerned over the Net Neutrality legislation as well. If the best content is not allowed to be accessed and shared, it doesn’t really matter who good the content is. Who is at the strategic advantage here.
Models are changing, and expectations are evolving. It may be just a sequel, but its part of a much bigger conversation.
And with that, I will see if I can join the thousands of others who attempt to binge watch an online show because they can – another way this online medium has changed the user experience.