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Streaming movies on TV through <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP010656" title="Netflix Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/netflix-inc.-ORCRP010656.topic">Netflix</a> has become as much of a media-junkie necessity as cable TV and a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="FORM00003" title="Blu-ray Discs" href="/topic/services-shopping/blu-ray-discs-FORM00003.topic">Blu-ray</a> player. But this winter seemed to solidify the stream as the future of at-home entertainment when Amazon announced its own streaming movie service and <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/03/is-netflix-building-a-house-of-cards-in-original-programming.html">Netflix picked up its first original programming</a>, the series <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000991" title="House of Cards (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/house-of-cards-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000991.topic">"House of Cards,"</a> starring <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003744" title="Kevin Spacey" href="/topic/entertainment/kevin-spacey-PECLB003744.topic">Kevin Spacey</a>.

( Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg )

Streaming movies on TV through Netflix has become as much of a media-junkie necessity as cable TV and a Blu-ray player. But this winter seemed to solidify the stream as the future of at-home entertainment when Amazon announced its own streaming movie service and Netflix picked up its first original programming, the series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey.

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