Interesting Netflix Facts 2017!

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With Netflix being the go to streaming destination for many, we thought it would be a great to do a 2017 edition of the most interesting new and old Netflix facts out there today.

Do you know how Netflix started? How long they have been around? What about how much Netflix is actually consumed everyday? Check out our list of over 30 Netflix facts and let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

#1) Netflix has been around longer than Google has. Netflix was created and established as a subscription service in 1997. While Google was founded in 1998.

#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) Netflix’s estimated company value in 2017 is $60 billion.

#5) Netflix launched the first ever DVD rental and sales site in 1998.

#6) Netflix plans to spend $6 billion on original content in 2017.

#7) In 2015, Netflix launched 450 hours of original programming.

In 2016, Netflix launched over 600 hours.

In 2017, Netflix plans to launch over 1000 hours of original content.

#8) On average a Netflix subscriber uses 45 gigabytes of data per month.

#9) In the US, the streaming giant outranks cable TV with well over 33 million subscribers.

#10) During peak hours, Netflix accounts for more than thirty per cent of all internet streaming traffic in North America! Nearly twice as much as YouTube, its closest competitor.

#11) The worst time to stream Netflix because of internet congestion is between 7pm – 9pm.

#12) 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. Both offers were declined by Blockbuster. Today Netflix is currently worth approximately $60 billion dollars while Blockbuster is nearly dead.

#13) Netflix’s content library clocks in at over one petabyte of data! Simply put this would be equal to 1,024 terabytes or 1,048,576 gigabytes of data.

#14) The video-streaming giant has over 94 million unique Netflix subscribers online as of January 2017. Since one Netflix subscription allows multiple people to watch, the number of actual users is much larger.

#15) The average subscriber streams around 90 minutes per day.

#16) Over 10 billion hours of content is streamed on Netflix per month.

#17) Around 60% of Netflix users binge-watch shows at least every few weeks.

#18) The most watched show on Netflix is Breaking Bad.

#19) 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.

#20) Starting pay at most entry-level positions such as a call centre is $18 per hour plus a free subscription to Netflix.

#21) 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.

#22) In the United States the company still offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail service.

#23) People that work for Netflix are sworn to secrecy on the location of their 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!

#24) A Netflix inspector sorts around 650 DVDs per hour. That’s 5,200 DVDs per work day.

#25) Rectangular envelopes are used to ship Netflix DVDs. If square ones were used, it would cost them an extra 225 million in shipping fees.

#26) 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 show.

#27) 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 existing members.

#28) 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. 

#29) 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.

#30) U.S Netflix contains the largest library of shows – approximately 8000. After that is Canada with close to 4000.

#31) 29% of Canadian Netflix users pretend to be from the US for more content.

#32) When comparing Netflix to Cable TV, users watch 130 hours less of commercials per year.

We hope you enjoyed our list of Netflix facts (2017 Edition). Anything you didn’t know that made the list? Leave us a comment below!

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