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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Some early subscribers got Chinese pornography.
In 1998, Netflix didn’t have all the kinks ironed out for its service. When it tried to offer footage of Clinton’s grand jury testimony about Monica Lewinksy, they sent 100 customers DVD of Chinese pornography.
Binge watching could mean you have depression.
Netflix practically invented binge watching or if anything, exacerbated the problem. In a new study, it showed that binge watching has a direct link to anxiety and depression.
Blockbuster passed up a $50 million offer to buy Netflix.
Everyone knows now that Netflix essentially brought down the movie rental giant Blockbuster. But back in 2000, the Blockbuster CEO declined a $50 million offer to buy out the new company. They probably deeply regret that decision now.
Netflix wants to spoil your shows.
Netflix doesn’t care about spoilers. If you aren’t caught up, it’s on you. To prove they don’t care, they made an entire website to ruin all of your show’s secrets in 20 minutes.
They had a huge content description mishap.
In 2014, they had a huge content description mishap, mixing up two different descriptions into one. The results were kind of hilarious, and the lucky few who experienced it did the world a favor and saved the evidence. An example of one of the descriptions reads, “Decades after the adventures of the Enterprise crew, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard leads the new Enterprise on missions of a reggae artist.”