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Netflix wants to actually own its original content instead of renting it

It may surprise many of you to know that Netflix doesn’t actually own any of its shows, not even House of Cards, the company simply rents the original content from other companies and keeps its exclusive to its own service. This is something that Netflix is looking to change and, just like HBO, one of its biggest competitors, the company will fully own many of the numerous shows that will be popping up on its service in the months to come. 

For most of its rapid ascent of the TV business, Netflix Inc. has rented shows. Now it wants to own them. Like a major Hollywood studio or competitor HBO, the company will own many of the 20 or more original shows that debut on its streaming service next year, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in an interview. “We’ve continued to expand our creative role on the shows,” Hastings said. “Now we’re taking on ownership and production.” It’s a new step for Netflix, which in the past has licensed programs from studios like Sony Pictures and Weinstein Co. While fans associate “House of Cards” with Netflix, producer Media Rights Capital owns the hit series. As a result, U.S. viewers can buy past seasons on Amazon.com and Germans can see season three on Sky Deutschland. While Hastings wouldn’t discuss titles, the coming originals that Netflix bought include “Flaked,” a Will Arnett comedy from the makers of “Arrested Development,” according to a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because terms aren’t public.

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