The company is offering the first episode free to non-members, hoping that taste will be enough to convert them.
It's now time to find out whether or not the gamble that Netflix has taken will pay off. Though there has already been original content on the show, it's been nothing on the scale of 'House of Cards,' on which the company is resting a great deal of hope.
The entire first season of 'House of Cards' is now available to watch on Netflix, which means you can knock out the whole series in one marathon session if that's your style. Non-members can access the first episode for free and get a sample of what the new series is like, but you'll have to sign up to watch the rest.
'House of Cards' is the first of two big series hitting Netflix this year, the second being a new season of 'Arrested Development' which arrives in May.