House of Cards - Kevin SpaceyAbout. Effing. Time. From the press release:

Foxtel announced today the hit online US series House of Cards will premiere in Australia on Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand.

In a win for Foxtel internet TV users, the first full 13 episodes of the critically acclaimed series starring Oscar winner Kevin Spacey will be available to watch from Tuesday, May 7 at 8.30pm AEST.

The series will also premiere on Foxtel’s premium drama channel showcase with a special three episode marathon on Tuesday, May 7 at 8.30pm AEST and will continue on Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEST.

Foxtel iQ customers who have their set top unit connected to the internet and subscribe to showcase will be able to download every episode of the series On Demand and watch when suits them.

House of Cards is an explosive and powerful drama series produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC) for Netflix (an online subscription video service) and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel Executive Director of Television said, “The Netflix strategy for the House of Cards release recognises the online audience is hungry for content to watch either all at once, or at a time that suits them. By offering the complete first season to our own online customers on Foxtel Go and On Demand we are providing Australian audiences an alternative to broadcast viewing and giving them the option to watch the entire series when they like.”

Mark Young, Senior Vice President of Distribution for Sony Pictures Television in Australia added, “House of Cards brings together the best talent in front of the camera and behind the scenes to create a riveting, unforgettable story that has wowed audiences and critics alike. We are excited to be partnering with Foxtel to bring this much-talked-about series to Australian viewers.”

This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern Washington D.C. Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything.

Kate Mara (American Horror Story) and Corey Stoll co-star in the first original series from David Fincher (The Social Network), Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) and Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Acclaimed in both the U.K and the U.S., critics described House of Cards as a “Modern-day Macbeth… as suspenseful as anything on television…” (NY Times), “Spacey is irresistible in the role…” (U.S News). “As sassy, sexy and often just delicious political thriller…” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Upon its exclusive all episode debut on Netflix, lead actor Kevin Spacey said: “We want our audience to be more intrigued and to want to know more. It’s sort of the way that audiences are watching TV now. They consume in large chunks. They stay home all weekend and watch three seasons of Breaking Bad. And I think that we are primed to fit in that particular wheelhouse.”

The full series special offer is for Foxtel Go, Foxtel on Xbox 360, Foxtel on Internet TV and Foxtel On Demand customers who subscribe to the showcase channel.