Hollywood Reporter cites Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at the All Things D conference, talking about HBO & Showtime:
Hastings also said he licensed House of Cards from Media Rights Capital in the show’s first window – a streaming deal commentators characterized as Netflix’s foray into original TV programming – because he needs the sort of premium TV content HBO and Showtime are famous for, but those two networks won’t play ball.
“If we can’t spend the money with HBO and Showtime, then we gotta do things like that. But our preference would be to spend that money with HBO and Showtime,” he told host Kara Swisher at the AllThingsD conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Wednesday.
Hastings said that The Wire was at the top of his wish list of shows to pick up, and that Firefly would be "...impractical to create new episodes, given the actors have aged and the sets no longer exist."