House of Cards’ full, thirteen episode first season launched at Netflix today, globally. Subscribers have already started gorging – though I don’t think there’s been quite enough time yet for anybody to have seen the lot from top to bottom.
Netflix are making the first hour-long episode available for free to anybody who can play it, whether or not they have a subscription. You can simply point your browser at their site and start it up.
You should be able to play it on your TV, too, if you have something that streams to it – a PS3 or iPad or similar.
This first episode was directed by David Fincher and written by Beau Willimon. I was interested to see Andrew Davies’ BBC adaptation get credited as well as Michael Dobbs’ original novels. It does make sense to use elements of Davies’ work – he did absolutely nail it.