Are Netflix shows “television?”

Matt Zoller Seitz over at Vulture poses an interesting question: Are Netflix original shows like “House of Cards” (and, more recently, the new season of “Arrested Development”) actually television shows?¬†Apparently these programs are eligible for Emmy awards, which has some people (network executives in particular) up in arms because shows that are streamed online aren’t subject to the same sorts of regulations and scrutiny that broadcast programming (and, to a lesser extent, cable programming) is.

While I think Seitz’ question is an interesting one, there’s a larger question lurking underneath it:¬†What is television?

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