18 interesting facts about Netflix

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World’s leading Internet television network Netflix has announced that it will no longer work in any capacity with American actor Kevin Spacey, who is presently facing sexual abuse allegations by actor Anthony Rapp.

Earlier this week, in the wake of the allegations, it had announced shutting down of production of “House of Cards“, a political thriller web series starring Kevin Spacey.

In a statement, its spokesperson said, “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey.”

“We will continue to work with MRC (Media Rights Capital, production studio of “House of Cards”) during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”

Here are 18 interesting facts about Netflix that you should know:

1. Currently, Netflix has over 109 million members across 190 countries.

2. Per day, it garners a viewership of over 125 million hours of TV shows and movies.

3. On August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California, entrepreneur Reed Hastings and software executive Marc Randolph co-founded this company to offer online movie rentals.

4. In 1998, it launched the first DVD rental and sales site – netflix.com.

5. The next year (1999), it introduced a subscription service that offered unlimited DVD rentals for one low monthly price.

6. In 2000, it started a personalized movie recommendation system, which used Netflix members’ ratings to accurately predict choices for all Netflix members.

7. It successfully made its initial public offering (IPO on Nasdaq under the ticker “NFLX”) with 600,000 members in the US. in the year 2002.

8. It registered a whopping 4.2 million members by 2005.

9. It was in 2007 that Netflix finally introduced its much-awaited streaming service that allows its registered members to watch TV shows and movies instantly on their computers.

10. Expanding further, in 2008, it partnered with consumer electronics companies to stream on the Xbox 360, Blu-ray disc players and TV set-top boxes.

11. The year 2009 saw Netflix partnering with more consumer electronics companies to stream on the PS3, Internet connected TVs and other Internet connected devices.

12. It took the world’s leading internet entertainment service another year (2010) to be available on the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the Nintendo Wii, and other Internet connected devices. The same year, Netflix launched its service in Canada.

13. It was available throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in 2011.
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14.  In 2012, Netflix launched its service in Europe, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and in the Nordic Countries. The same year, Netflix won its first Primetime Emmy Engineering Award.

15. 2013 was a year of achievements for this company. It expanded to the Netherlands, and became the first internet TV network to be nominated for the primetime Emmy. It got as many as 31 primetime Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series (“House of Cards”), comedy series (“Orange Is the New Black”) and documentary or nonfiction special (“The Square”). “House of Cards” won three Primetime Emmy Awards.

16. It  was launched in six new European countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland – in 2014. The same year, Netflix won 7 creative Emmy Awards for “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”. By this time, number of Netflix members touched 50 million globally.

17. It expanded to Australia, New Zealand and Japan in 2015. The European expansion also continued in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The same year, Netflix released its first original feature film “Beasts of No Nation”.

18. It made itself available worldwide in 2016.

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Sreya Basu

Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.

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