Kevin Spacey, best known for his roles in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, turns 50 on July 26.
The show will be offered exclusively on the streaming entertainment service, and could change the TV game entirely, making Netflix not just a distribution outlet for shows and movies, but a producer as well.
To put it into perspective, HBO has close to 28 million subscribers. Netflix has more than 20 million. This puts Netflix in a position to disrupt traditional movie and TV providers.
"House of Cards" is based on a book and BBC miniseries of the same name.
Netflix has committed to 26 episodes.