10 Interesting Facts about Netflix You Probably Didn't Know
Surprisingly, there are a number of bizarre and interesting facts about Netflix you might not know about. Do you want to find out more about the streaming giant? If so, read on, as this article highlights 10 interesting Netflix facts which will surely leave you stunned.
1. Cable TV Is Outranked By Netflix in the US
Do you know Netflix outranks every cable TV network in the US? You have to admit that this is incredibly impressive. However, at the same time, this translates to bad news for TV ratings. Oh well, who needs TV when you can watch almost everything you want online?
2. Blockbuster Refused Numerous Offers to Acquire Netflix
Although Blockbuster received numerous offers to acquire Netflix, they surprisingly turned down each one of them. At that time, Netflix was priced at $50 million. You might think ‘Wow that is a substantial amount of money;’ however, Netflix is worth even more now: over $20 billion! Looks like Blockbuster missed not one, but multiple chances to own the most powerful video streaming service in the world.
3. Employees Are Pledged To Secrecy
This is quite serious. Netflix employees pledge to keep the locations of all DVD warehouses confidential and top secret. If you really think about it, it makes total sense. If people knew where these warehouses were, they would probably be riots and brawls to get a hold of the latest releases.
4. Most Watched Netflix Show?
It comes as no surprise. The most watched TV show on Netflix in the US is none other than Breaking Bad. And why wouldn’t it be? It has plenty of action, tons of drama, and an intriguing anti-hero to root for. That’s just good TV.
5. Netflix Monitors Pirating Sites
You might think that Netflix would have no need to monitor such sites. However, they do so to maintain their immense success. Netflix has to be extra smart regarding the business moves they make. This is why, before purchasing any TV series, Netflix often monitors several pirating sites so that they can find out what is trending. Quite clever, right?
6. Several Teams Watch Films
Yeah, you heard right! Netflix has huge teams of people who watch many films, so that they can dive into every aspect of the movie. Netflix really values its subscribers and does all this to ensure Netflix recommendations are precisely according to users’ likes and dislikes. That’s a fun job, don’t you agree?
7. Netflix Is the First Online Service to Win an Emmy
Netflix was the first online programming service to have won a popular award. House of Cards won Outstanding Directing for a Drama in 2013, becoming the first web-only series to win an award at any Primetime Emmys.
8. The Test Movie Is Still Present On the Site
Weird, right? A test movie was made by Netflix ‘apparently’ to test standard frame rates. Just type ‘Example Show’ and you will find a video shot at the headquarters of Netflix in LA, which has some bizarre footage.
9. Internet Traffic & Instant Streaming
Netflix instant streaming accounts for around 1/3rd of all internet traffic in the US. This is simply amazing!
10. Rectangular Instead Of Square Envelopes
Have you ever wondered why the shape of Netflix envelopes is not square? Well, the selection was based on expenses. USPS charges a lot more for square envelopes. However, the difference is no ordinary amount. If Netflix had decided to go with square envelopes, they would have to spend $225 million more!