It looks like Netflix’s decision to offer original streaming content has worked out just fine, thank you very much. Earlier today, the streaming video service was awarded the very first Emmy nominations for the medium. Series awarded with nominations include “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development.”
Launched on Netflix in February, “House of Cards” stars Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as congressman Frank Underwood. The series has been nominated for Outstanding Drama, while Spacey and Robin Wright have been awarded with Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress nominations, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jason Batman has picked up his second Emmy nomination as Michael Bluth on Netflix’s “Arrested Development.” The fourth season of the series launched exclusively on Netflix in May after spending three years on Fox.
Netflix, which is available on the iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV, first announced plans for original content programming in March 2011. In addition to “House of Cards,” and “Arrested Development,” other titles include “Hemlock Grove,” and the recently released “Orange Is The New Black.”
Each series, with the exception of “Arrested Development,” has received a second season order.
Amazon, meanwhile, is also getting into the original programming business. “Alpha House,” and “Beta” are both expected to launch in 2014. Each show will be available on iOS via Amazon’s Instant Video app.
The 65th Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS. For a full list of nominees click here.