Marketplace's Queena Kim was in Netflix's 'war room' at the very moment season two of House of Cards went live, getting a peek at how Netflix achieves dropping an entire season of phenomenal television into our addled, impatient laps. It's a massive operation, yet they did it again without a hitch.
The report is fascinating—you should absolutely listen to the whole thing. It's quite amazing that a small team of laptop-armed engineers can broadcast an entire season of can't-look-away TV to the huge audience of Netflix subscribers. It makes everyone else in the TV business seem slow in comparison. Side note: it turns out Netflix engineers know exactly how long it takes you to complete the season; last year, one binger watched all 13 hours with just 3 minutes' break. Now that's dedication. [Marketplace]