The Show Must Go On(line): Streaming the Small Screen
Cable gets all the praise for original programming, but online platforms are catching up. Hulu dominated 2012, but Netflix will own 2013. Amazon and YouTube are nipping at their heels, but here's how the frontunners' offerings compare.

2012: Hulu

Emmy Bait
In February, released its first scripted series, Battleground—a Parks and Rec–style mockumentary following the campaign team of a long-shot Wisconsin Democratic senatorial candidate—which was met with mixed reviews.

Back-From-the-Dead Reboot
Kevin Smith. In June, the flatlining Clerks director, better known recently for his controversial behavior than for his filmmaking, delivered Spoilers, a movie-review talk show.

Indie Cred
In August, the iconic director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) made his first foray into episodic television, Up to Speed, a travelogue that visit underappreciated American historical sites.


2013: Netflix

Emmy Bait
Ponied up a reported $100 million to beat HBO and AMC for House of Cards, a thriller developed by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey about a ruthless politician [Spacey] that will premiere next February.

Back-From-the-Dead Reboot
Arrested Development. Seven years after Fox canceled the cult favorite, the on-demand service will air a fourth season of Bluth family high jinks—releasing all 10 episodes simultaneously.

Indie Cred
The torture-porn auteur Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) praised the platform for giving him "creative freedom to go as dark as the story needs" with his own TV debut, the supernatural horror series Hemlock Grove.