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Come Original, You Got To Come Original: Directv And Netflix Both Announce New Series

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 10, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 10, 2013 |

Netflix is striving to stay your number one girl in a world where you can choose to stream movies and television shows in your own home from a variety of reliable sources. The streaming giant already has the new season of “Arrested Development” and one original series under their belt with “Lilyhammer” (which I haven’t seen). Now they have joined with Eli Roth to bring the supernatural book “Hemlock Grove” to our various streaming devices as a series on April 19th. All 13 episodes will be released at once so you can plow through without stupid cliffhanger business ruining your week. Check out the trailer.

DirecTV must realize that people actually have choices about what they use to watch shows, so they’re banging out an original series of their own. This one is called “Rogue” and stars Thandie Newton as a detective working undercover. The season will have 10 episodes that each run one hour and all of them have already been completed. Here is the trailer for “Rogue.”

The really nice thing about the original content being made is that the distributor owns everything and doesn’t need to rely on pilots or ratings before it finishes the season. Viewers can enjoy a new show and have assurances that they will be watching to a satisfying conclusion instead of pretending a mid-season episode is the series finale. You also get all of the violence, language, and nakedness that you would if you had HBO or Showtime subscriptions, but at a fraction of the price! I don’t know about you, but discount debauchery is still debauchery. I do wonder if people will specifically get DirecTV or Netflix just to watch original content. I mean, if they wanted Netflix for streaming or DirecTV for the channels, they would have them already. Will people really let some original content push them into using either company?

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.