How Netflix Braces for the House of Cards Binge

By Robert Sorokanich on at

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]