The problem with “subletting” your French girlfriend’s house without WiFi is the inability to download and work. You never know when your plug-in modem is going to run out of credit. For that matter, the neighbors never know when KisMac is going to give you the keys to their WiFi castle when you live in a land of power outages.

Netflix

I’ve not seen Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s newest endeavor, “Orange Is the New Black,” but I comfortably binge-watched both “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” the moment each was released. While I don’t smoke pot, per se, binge watching is natural and something that a number of Netflix’s subscribers who do smoke do. When you’re not going to look for a job why not watch, watch, watch? Thing is, House of Cards was genius and watched by people with jobs as well.

Netflix shows in the running with Emmy nominations

I’m not alone in my thinking. “House of Cards” is in the running for a prime time Emmy for outstanding drama series, and its stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, are both nominated for acting honors. Never mind the fact that the show never aired on television and many of its watchers saw the drama of episode six unfold over a bowl of cereal.

Including bottom feeding categories, “House of Cards” got nine Emmy nominations in all, while “Arrested Development” got three. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s original, piece of sh..scary horror thriller “Hemlock Grove,” also saw two nominations.

Academy of Television Arts way ahead of its time

I don’t remember seeing the last on TV, oh..now I get it.

Changes to Emmy rules in 2008 allowed the Internet as an option to merit an Emmy nomination. Under this forward thinking, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s  programs could be nominated just as a YouTube series could and may never be.

I say that as I cast down my gauntlet. Hell, Ricky Gervais and less funny people are already there.

While your big tech companies are looking to redefine television, kudos to The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for redefining TV first. I may start having Susan Lucci over for a “period daytime piece” to give her the awards she’s always deserved.

End of the day, TV as you know it will be gone in five years. Look at the “primetime” nominees this year.