Here’s 26 unique and interesting facts about Netflix you most likely didn’t know.
#2) The idea for Netflix came to be after CEO Reed Hastings was charged $40 for a late VHS movie – Apollo 13.
#3) Netflix is available in over 190 Countries & streams more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies PER DAY!
#4) In the US, the streaming giant outranks cable TV with well over 33 million subscribers.
#5) During peak hours, Netflix accounts for more than thirty per cent of all Internet down-streaming traffic in North America! Nearly twice as much as YouTube, its closest competitor.
#6) That’s why the time of the day affects your video quality. The worst time to stream Netflix because of internet congestion is between 7pm–9pm.
#7) Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for $50 million in the year 2000. Netflix also offered Blockbuster a 49% stake in the company to rebrand themselves as Blockbuster.com. However both offers were declined. Netflix is currently worth over $20 billion dollars while Block Buster is nearly dead today.
#8) Netflix’s content library clocks in at one petabyte of data! Simply put this would be 1,024 terabytes or 1,048,576 gigabytes of data.
#9) The video-streaming giant has over 75 million unique Netflix subscribers online as of January 2016. Since one Netflix subscription allows multiple people to watch, the number of actual users is much larger.
#10) The average subscriber streams around 90 minutes per day.
#11) Around 60% of Netflix users binge-watch shows at least every few weeks.
#12) The most watched show on Netflix is Breaking Bad.
#13) The first video ever put on Netflix was a test film created to inspect standard film frames. If you have access to the U.S Version of Netflix, type in “Example Show” and you can still find it.
#14) Starting pay at most entry-level positions such as a call centre is $18 per hour plus a free subscription to Netflix.
#15) Netflix offers one of the worlds most-wanted jobs. They are willing to pay you to stay at home and watch the content they purchase and/or produce. All you have to do is tag the video with words from a pool of 1,000 keywords.
#16) In the United States the company offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail service.
#17) People that work for Netflix are sworn to secrecy on the location of the DVD warehouses. This is to avoid people dropping off DVDs at the location or trying to rob the place. Even the Netflix trucks go undercover!
#18) A Netflix inspector sorts around 650 DVDs per hour. That’s 5,200 DVDs per work day.
#19) In the US, Rectangular envelopes are used to ship Netflix DVDs. If square ones were used, it would cost them an extra 225 million in shipping fees.
#20) Netflix was the first original online programming service to win a major television award such as a Golden Globe. In 2014, House of Cards’ Robin Wright won Best Actress in a drama television.
#21) Netflix launched the first ever DVD rental and sales site in 1998.
#22) Through a partnership with Virgin America, Netflix made it possible to stream the service 35,000 ft in the air by providing free WiFi access to new and exsisting members.
#23) If you are watching Netflix on your computer there are a ton of keyboard shortcuts you may not know about.
Here are a few of them:
F = Full Screen,
Shift + Left Arrow = Rewind,
Shift + Right Arrow = Fast Forward,
M = Mute,
Up Arrow = Volume Up,
Down Arrow = Volume Down,
Enter = Play/Pause,
Page Up = Play,
Page Down = Pause,
ESC = Exit Full Screen.
#24) In 2015, Netflix launched 450 hours of original programming, while in 2016, Netflix plans to launch over 600 hours.
#25) Netflix is available on over 200 streaming devices! This includes gaming consoles, smart TV’s, Blu-ray players, DVR’s, tablets, phones, entertainment boxes, and much more.
#26) U.S Netflix contains the largest library of shows – approximately 8000. After that is Canada with close to 4000.