House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has told RTÉ Ten that TV has "learned the lesson the music industry didn't learn" when it comes to new content.
While the music industry is in relative freefall due to technology that allows millions to download music for free, there’s still a large market willing to pay for TV shows such as Spacey’s political drama.
Spacey says that things have been gradually changing in terms of TV for some time. “The manner and the distribution model in which it has been put out there, has been one that I believe has been in the making for a number of years,” he says.
“I always believed [and] have been talking about it for about eight years, that we were eventually going to see one of these companies that was making a tremendous amount of money as a portal for content, waiting to eventually get into providing the content and being a part of the story telling process.
“So it didn't surprise me, I was incredibly pleased that Netflix was the first, they have been tremendous partners, and I think in some ways maybe this proves that the way in which an audience has been able to find the series, that we have learned the lesson the music industry didn't learn.
“Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in at a reasonable price and they will buy it and they won’t steal it.”
You can read the full interview with Kevin Spacey here.