To celebrate Netflix’s milestone of being available in over 190 countries, EverydayElectronics has put together a timeline of achievements and interesting facts about the streaming-giant, that you might not have known.
Many people do not know that Netflix has been around 19 years now, just not as the company we know it as today.
Here’s A brief history about the company that revolutionized the watching of movies and TV shows.
1997 – Reed Hastings and software executive Marc Randolph co-found Netflix to offer online movie rentals.
1998 – Netflix launches the first DVD rental and sales site, Netflix.com.
1999 – Netflix debuts a subscription service, offering unlimited DVD rentals for one low monthly price.
2000 – Netflix introduces a personalized movie recommendation system, which uses Netflix members’ ratings to accurately predict choices for all Netflix members.
2002 – Netflix makes its first public offering (IPO on Nasdaq under the ticker “NFLX” with 600,000 members in the US.)
2005 – The number of Netflix members rises to 4.2 million.
2007 – Netflix introduces streaming, which allows members to instantly watch television shows and movies on their personal computers.
2008 – Netflix partners with consumer electronics companies to stream on the Xbox 360, Blu-ray disc players and TV set-top boxes.
2009 – Netflix partners with consumer electronics companies to stream on the PS3, Internet connected TVs and other Internet connected devices.
2010 – Netflix is available on the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the Nintendo Wii, and other Internet connected devices. Netflix launches its service in Canada.
2011 – Netflix launches throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
2012 – Netflix became available in Europe including the United Kingdom, Ireland and in the Nordic Countries. Netflix wins its first Primetime Emmy Engineering Award.
2013 – Netflix received 31 primetime Emmy nominations including outstanding drama series, comedy series and documentary or nonfiction special for “House of Cards”, “Orange is the new black”, and “The Square” respectively. House of Cards won three Primetime Emmy Awards. Netflix was the first internet TV network nominated for the primetime Emmy.
2014 – In 2014 Netflix launched in 6 new countries in Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland). Netflix wins 7 creative Emmy Awards for House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Netflix now has over 50 million members globally.
2015 – Netflix launches in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, with continued expansion across Europe in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The first Netflix original feature film “Beasts of No Nation” is released.
2016 – Netflix is available worldwide.
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