Netflix has come a long way since its early beginnings in 1997. Back then it was just a DVD by mail subscription service; now it’s a huge media conglomerate. Leading the way in instant streaming, it redefined how we watch movies and television, bringing down Blockbuster in the process. Time will tell if Netflix can remain the top dog. But what is it that makes Netflix tick? Here are 25 Five-Star Facts About Netflix You Probably Didn’t Know.
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The Netflix DVD Inspector is always busy.
Ever wonder what happens to your DVD when you send it back to Netflix? A Netflix DVD Inspector gets it and has to review it. They sort through 650 DVDs per hour which comes out to 5,200 DVDs a day.
Netflix knows how long it takes you to decide on a movie.
Netflix runs tons of data on their users. Their researchers have found it could only take 90 seconds for the company to lose a customers interest. So, essentially, you either pick a movie in around two minutes or you give up.
Netflix is older than Google.
Netflix was founded in 1997. Originally, they were a subscription DVD mailing service and not the instant streaming giant they are today. Google, however, started in 1998.
Their employees are treated like grown-ups.
Netflix allows their employees a ton of freedom. They get unlimited vacation time, can expense without getting approval from their managers as long as it’s in Netflix’s best interest, and they don’t have traditional yearly performance reviews. However, if they don’t work at a super-high level of performance, they’re quickly shown the door.
In broadband terms, Canada is considered a third-world country.
Every country has a varying standard of internet access speed. In Netflix’s view, Canada is a third-world country when it comes to internet broadband. They called Canada’s broadband caps and excessive overage fees a “human rights violation.”
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