‘House Of Cards’ added to US Netflix early due to ‘technical glitch’

Season three was available to stream in full for around 20 minutes yesterday (February 11)

Season Three of House Of Cards was added to US Netflix over two weeks early yesterday (February 11).

Though not scheduled to launch until February 27, the entire season was available to stream for around 20 minutes yesterday afternoon, before news spread on social media and Netflix removed the new episodes from its US library. House Of Cards then made light of the mishap on Twitter.

A Netflix representative said in a statement: “Due to a technical glitch, some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak. He’ll be back on Netflix on February 27.”

Season three will begin with Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood newly sworn-in as President and Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood taking centre-stage alongside him as First Lady. Last month (January) Netflix released a trailer for the new run of episodes.

It has been rumoured that Pussy Riot will make an appearance during season three after Nadezhda and Maria from the Russian activist band were apparently spotted on the show’s set in Baltimore over the summer.

Season one of House of Cards, which is based on the 1990 BBC mini-series of the same name, launched on Netflix in February 2013 and soon became the streaming service’s most-watched show. It was also a hit with critics, becoming the first ever online-only TV series to be considered for major Emmy awards when it racked up nine nominations that year. Season Two followed in 2014 and went on to earn even more Emmy nominations, a total of 13, although it only won one.