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The 2014 Emmy nominations are in and so are Netflix and HBO

This year was an exciting year in television as it was the first big year where audiences were looking elsewhere to watch their favorite series. These alternate viewings took place primarily on Netflix and HBO's streaming websites. The Emmy committee took notice of this change in viewing preferences and some of this year's biggest leaders are, in fact, not from the typical network powerhouses such as ABC and NBC.

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This year's major players include two Netflix original series, "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards", and "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones," which are both HBO-produced series. In fact all of these series are up for 'Best TV Series; "Orange is the New Black" is a contender in the comedy portion of this category while the other three will be competing among one another in the drama section. This only proves that the quality in terms of content is still present, if not at a greater level, when it comes to these streaming websites that are producing television series.

This, however, does not mean bad news for the regular series that are featured on the major networks, award's season is looking promising for them too, proving that the big networks still have power when it comes to television. The long list of shows that received nominations include "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Downton Abbey," "The Big Band Theory" and "Parks and Recreation."

Click on the slideshow above for some of this year's most popular nominees.