Cable could be dead and gone before we know it - especially if Netflix has anything to do with it.
The streaming powerhouse is already taking steps in that direction, producing original and exclusive shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," and it doesn't plan on stopping there.
The streaming powerhouse wants its own "Game of Thrones"- style TV show, that will be almost as expensive as HBO's mega-popular, mega-pricey sword-and-sorcery epic.
So expensive in fact that the New York Times is reporting it cost $90 million to make a mere 10 episodes.
The series is called "Marco Polo" and focuses on the life of the famous explorer, including his interactions with Kublai Kahn. It's set to debut on Dec. 12.
As anyone who travels outside the U.S. knows, Netflix isn't the same in every country. You won't find the same choices even in Canada. Not even Netflix-produced shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" are exclusive to the streaming site in other countries. That's why you can watch "House of Cards" on cable channels in France and Germany.
That's the reason behind "Marco Polo." Netflix is trying to break into other countries with original programming that you can only find on Netflix no matter which country you're in. Perhaps "Marco Polo" is the perfect story because it's truly so global. The cast and crew are European, Asian, American and many more nationalities.
If it's successful, it will mark a dramatic improvement in Netflix's global prospects. If it fails, it will be a very costly error. What do you think? Will "Marco Polo" float or sink? Will you be watching this show? Let me know in the comments below.