Marketplace’s Queena Kim was in Netflix’s war room at the moment season 2 of House of Cards went live, getting a peek at how Netflix pulls off dropping an entire season of phenomenal television into our addled, impatient laps. Just thinking about that sudden rush of millions of fans clicking on the new season of a show makes my head spin, yet they did it again without a hitch.
The report is fascinating — you should absolutely listen to the whole thing. It’s kind of mind boggling to think that a rather small team of laptop-armed engineers can beam an entire season of a can’t-look-away TV show to the entire world in one shot. Makes everyone else in the TV business seem kinda slow. Side note, it turns out Netflix engineers know exactly how long it takes you to complete the season — last year, one binger watched all 13 hours with just 3 minutes’ break. Now that’s dedication. [Marketplace]