House Of Cards Season 3 Launches on Netflix, has More Pirates than Ever!

March 2, 2015 - By Jan Rainey

House Of Cards season 3 has finally been released a few days ago. Because it’s on Netflix, all of the episodes have been released at once. This means that unlike with typical TV shows, you can watch the entire season from start to finish in one sitting if you choose to do so. Many people have done just that, and the impressions for the third season of the show are starting to come in already. The third season sees Frank Underwood as President of the United States.

However, in general, it’s not going so well for him. He essentially swindled (or strong armed depending on how you feel about the situation) his way into becoming the President last season. As a result, his approval ratings are the lowest a President has faced in years, he has to figure out a way to get them back. His main way of doing this is his AmericaWorks jobs program. However, since he’s not in Congress any more, it’s hard to drum up support for the program.

Doug Stamper, his aide who was hit in the back of the head with a brick last season, is actually alive. That was one of the biggest questions people had for this season of the show. Much of the season deals with his recovery, and Frank making more enemies at the White House. As for his meeting with the Russian president, there are a lot of close encounters.

Lars Mikkelsen, who plays Viktor Petrov, the President of the Russian Federation, is a suitable match for Frank Underwood. Although the entire season was available for every country that has access to Netflix, it was still pirated, and quite heavily at that. Just 24 hours after House Of Cards season 3 was released, piracy-tracking firm Excipio said that there were over 600,000 unique downloaders worldwide. This was more than double that of House Of Cards season 2, which only had around 300,000 downloaders worldwide after 24 hours.

China was the number one country pirating the show, followed quickly by the United States, India, and then Australia. Netflix has said that they want to aggressively expand into additional countries, targeting more than 200 countries by 2017. Netflix wants to expand into China itself, but doing business in the country can be complicated.

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