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Can United States President Frank Underwood extend his domination of Washington DC to the farthest reaches of the globe?

Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of the murdering, manipulating US politician in the Netflix’s “House of Cards” may be fictional, but for many people the serialized drama is the real-life future of film: a high-production, Hollywood-style television hybrid, streamed online at home. But for other film buffs, particularly in less-developed parts of the globe, this kind of evolving production-distribution relationship may still be a distant dream.

In an Edinburgh, Scotland lecture, Mr. Spacey laid out his view of film’s future. It will be driven by a new kind of media confluence, typified by new modes of distribution such as Netflix, where the differences between “movies” and “television” fall away and a multi-episode 13-hour season of “House of Cards” can be posted online at once and consumed by audience members limited only by their own endurance.

“For kids growing up now, there’s no difference …. It’s all content, it’s just story,” said Mr. Spacey. “The audience has spoken: They want stories, they are dying for them. They’re rooting for us to give them the right thing.”