The New Yorker on House of Cards and the Death of Cable

Tim Wu, The New Yorker:

An Internet firm like Netflix producing first-rate content takes us across a psychological line. If Netflix succeeds as a producer, other companies will follow and start taking market share. Maybe Amazon will go beyond its tentative investments and throw a hundred million at a different A-list series, or maybe Hulu will expand its ambitions for original content, or maybe the next great show will come from someone with a YouTube channel. When that happens, the baton passes, and empire falls—and we will see the first fundamental change in the home-entertainment paradigm in decades.

House of Cards is a fantastic show. If you have Netflix, be sure to check it out.

It's exciting to watch the Internet create real competition for traditional media strongholds. But what worries me is that I see a future full of walled gardens. Amazon-exclusive shows I can't watch on my Apple TV, iTunes-exclusives I can't view on a Roku, etc.

I want cable dead, but not if it means I'll need 20 boxes hooked up to my television.