11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About…Netflix

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Whether it’s binge watching a favorite show, watching a documentary for class or making a joke about inviting someone over to “Netflix and chill,” Netflix is a must for most students. You might watch it in class or mooch off your roommate, but chances are you’ve probably given up a few nights out to stream something. New selections are constantly being added, so it’s a good time to brush up on your Netflix trivia before you scavenge the “horror” section for something new to devour.

11. FINES-PIRATION
Netflix founder Reed Hastings was inspired to create a DVD mail delivery service after he received a $40 fine for returning “Apollo 13” to a video store a few days late.

10. BAD MOVES 
Blockbuster turned down multiple offers to buy or partner with Netflix, thinking a streaming and DVD mail delivery service would “never take off.” It turned out this was not their best decision.

9. SUCCESS IS THE NEW BLACK
“Orange is the New Black” is Netflix’s most-watched original series. It has won a slew of Emmys and was nominated for six Golden Globe awards. OITNB has been renewed for seven seasons.

8. NETFLIX ORIGINALS 
By the end of 2016, Netflix will have released about 126 original series and films, more than any other TV station or cable channel.

7. BINGE-WATCHING
Netflix was instrumental in coining the phrase “binge-watching” when it started releasing its series’ seasons at all at once. The fact that people survived waiting week after week is beyond us when we can’t even wait 30 seconds for the next OITNB episode to start.

6. TRAFFIC JAM
Netflix accounts for 37% of internet traffic in North America, more than double YouTube and ahead of iTunes.

5. ALL AROUND THE WORLD 
Netflix reaches every country in the world except for China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

4. CATEGORICALLY CRAZY
Netflix has more than 76,000 categories, including “Mind-bending Romantic Foreign Movies,” “Cool Moustaches,” “Romantic Indian Crime Dramas” and “Evil Kid Horror Movies.”

3. TIME AFTER TIME
The average Netflix subscriber watches it about 90 minutes a day…maybe before they started “Stranger Things.”

2. 90’S KIDS
You may Google “Netflix” to get to the website, but Netflix has been around longer than Google. It was established in 1997 and the search engine site wasn’t founded until 1998.

1.SPACE FOR DAYS
Netflix’s library takes up more than a petabyte of space, which is the equivalent of 1,047,576 gigabytes or more than 4,092 largest-sized iPhone 7s.

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