July 19, 2013 2:50 PM
Netflix won plaudits from Hollywood this week with its first-ever Emmy nominations. At the same time, the internet company has been shedding it's underviewed back catalog to position itself for 2016 when a licensing deal with Disney will allow them to stream more new movies before they even get to cable. The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series bid Thursday. Netflix's triumph, which includes nods for its revival of "Arrested Development," is putting a further squeeze on the broadcast networks that already have lost substantial Emmy ground to cable. Today, we live in a world where Netflix is receiving Emmy nominations. The streaming video company received an unprecedented number of Emmy nominations -- 14 in all. That included nine nominations for Kevin Spacey-led political drama House of Cards, three for Arrested Development, and two for Hemlock Grove.