Final Season of ‘House of Cards’ on Disc March 5

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release House of Cards: Season Six as a three-disc set on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The final season of the Netflix original series stars Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.

The eight episodes deal with Claire Underwood (Wright) adjusting to the position of President of the United States by dealing with the death of her husband, Frank, while maneuvering to defeat her political enemies.

 

Virgin Bowing First 4K UHD TV Channel in the U.K.

Virgin Media is launching the first dedicated 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) entertainment channel in the United Kingdom, beginning Sept. 17.

The channel will be available for Virgin TV Full House and VIP subscribers with a V6 set-top box and 4K TV. Content includes series “Start Up” with Martin Freeman, “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and “House of Cards”; “Shut Eye” with Isabella Rosselini and “The Art of More” with Dennis Quaid, in addition wildlife and nature documentaries set in Zambia and Vietnam, plus gigs from the Rolling Stones, Sting and Imagine Dragons.

Virgin Media has also broadcast an array of sporting events in 4K UHD, including the Champions League Final, the 2018 French Open, Wimbledon Championships, as well as a selection of matches from this year’s World Cup in Russia.

“With the launch of Virgin TV Ultra HD, we’re giving our customers the ultimate entertainment viewing experience with must-see shows in incredible, crystal-clear picture quality,” David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer, said in a statement.

The V6 set-top box is Virgin Media’s fastest and smallest streaming media device offering access to YouTube and Netflix in 4K. The V6 is free to new customers taking one of Virgin Media’s bundles (TV, broadband and telephone). Nearly two million Virgin TV customers have a V6 box in the UK.

The new channel continues Virgin Media’s ongoing investment in 4K UHD programming, following the launch of BT Sport 4K UHD on Virgin TV in August.

 

 

Netflix Releases Teaser Video Clip for ‘House of Cards’ Final Season

Netflix Sept. 5 released a brief trailer (19 seconds) for the pending (Nov. 2) final season of “House of Cards” that is noteworthy for what it reveals happened to lead character President Frank Underwood, played by disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

Frank’s wife, Claire, played by Robin Wright, assumes her husband’s role in the new season.

The critically-acclaimed Netflix original series was turned upside down when allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by Spacey decades ago and on the “Cards” set surfaced. Netflix shut down production of the show and subsequently fired Spacey.

Netflix Resumes ‘House of Cards’ Production; Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear Join Cast

Netflix Jan. 31 announced it has resumed production on the sixth and final (abbreviated) season of original series “House of Cards” in Baltimore following a forced three-month hiatus. The SVOD pioneer added Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to cast, playing siblings in yet undisclosed storylines.

Production on the show came to a standstill last October when lead actor Kevin Spacey was publicly accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor in the 1980s.

Subsequent revelations resulted in Netflix shutting down production, firing Spacey and shelving the actor’s biopic Gore, about writer Gore Vidal, among other projects. The actions contributed to Netflix reporting a $39 million write-down in its most-recent fiscal period.

“Cards,” along with “Orange Is the New Black,” helped put Netflix on the map creatively, winning myriad industry awards for Spacey as scheming politician Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright as his wife, Claire.

Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter contends the show can succeed despite likely losing viewers since the Spacey scandal broke and the storyline still being in the middle of its stride.

“My guess is that their audience going forward will be half as big as in the past” said Pachter.

The series is distributed at retail by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Netflix Wrote Off $39 Million Due to Kevin Spacey Scandal

Lost in the euphoria of Netflix’s record fourth-quarter subscriber growth, was a $39 million impairment charge management characterized as “unreleased content we’ve decided not to move forward with.”

It’s now been reported the charge related to fiscal fallout from sexual harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey, which included shutting down production on the sixth season of “House of Cards,” and canceling the release of Spacey’s Gore biopic, which he starred in, among other projects.

On the streaming behemoth’s investor webcast, CFO David Wells didn’t mention Spacey, opting instead to walk around the issue declaring content write-offs as an “ongoing facet” of CCO Ted Sarandos’ job overseeing original content production.

Indeed, the non-cash charge had no material impact as Netflix exceeded operating income and contribution profit targets for the quarter.

“We just hadn’t had [an impairment charge] of this magnitude, related the societal reset around sexual harassment,” Wells said. “It was somewhat unusual in that respect.”

Sarandos added that the charge was “probably a good indicator” of Netflix’s diverse content portfolio.

“When you have a lot of high-profile projects going … we’ve moved away from much concentration risk from any one project having a material [fiscal] impact,” he said.