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Netflix is among the most popular subscription streaming services around the world.

Netflix users can enjoy films, TV series, and original content through its subscription service. With over 76,000 categories there's something for all age groups and you're sure to find something to watch and enjoy.

Did you know Netflix is the 10th largest internet company in the world? This streaming giant is very popular due to its vast collection of popular television series, blockbuster movies, and documentaries. The original content that it offers has also made it extremely popular with global audiences. Netflix binge-watching has become a popular culture among the youth for its highly intriguing, and thrilling content.

Another thing that made Netflix a favorite is that it is also easy to use and has no ads. A few of the devices that can be used to view this paid streaming service are iPad, iPhone, PlayStation four, Nintendo Switch, and smart television.

The company's strategic moves in different parts of the globe have proven to be very apt. The United States of America is the top market for Netflix, followed by Brazil and the UK. According to Netflix statistics 2021, Netflix had 209 million subscribers worldwide.

Be it binge-watching, rewatching, or pausing and playing, Netflix has changed the way we watch TV. Read on to discover some really intriguing facts about this streaming giant that we bet you didn't know.

The History Of Netflix

Here is a historical timeline of this popular streaming service:

On August 29, 1997, Netflix was founded by entrepreneurs, Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings in Scotts Valley, California.

Netflix was first called Kibble.com.

Other names considered were Directpix.com, Luna.com, and Replay.com.

Luna was the name of Randolph’s dog.

The very first 'Netflix Original' was abstract test footage short.

Netflix was one of the very first streaming services to be made available as an app on different devices.

Did you know that Netflix employees get a free subscription to the service?

On April 14, 1998, the Netflix website was launched with 925 titles available for rental.

In September 1999, the option of monthly subscription was launched.

Did you know in the late '90s, Netflix executives used to reach out to subscribers and users in the Los Gatos area by telephone to determine how they found the service?

They would also ask if they could visit them to see how they used the site. Most users agreed!

In 2000, Netflix offered Blockbuster, a service provider offering movie and video game rentals, a chance to acquire it for $50 million. This offer was declined by Blockbuster.

On May 29, 2002, Netflix launched its initial public offering or IPO.

It sold 5.5 million shares at $15 per share. This generated $82.5 million.

In April 2003, the number of Netflix subscribers reached 1 million.

On January 15, 2007, Netflix announced that it would launch video streaming services.

Did you know that Netflix wanted to split the company in two?

In February 2007, Netflix mailed its billionth DVD.

The company also decided to upgrade from mailing DVDs and introduced video-on-demand services that were available through the internet.

On June 12, 2009, Netflix launched Netflix Originals.

Did you know that in 2018 Netflix spent about $12 billion on creating original content?

This platform releases new programs or series nearly every week.

Also, did you know that in 2016, there were 850 original content titles offered by Netflix?

This included the popular hit shows 'Orange Is The New Black' and 'Hemlock Grove'.

On September 22, 2010, Netflix started expanding its service internationally.

The very first country outside the United States of America to have Netflix was Canada.

In September 2011, the Netflix streaming service is expanded to include Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Peru, and Ecuador.

Did you know that in order to test frame rates, in 2011 Netflix produced 11 minutes of test footage?

You can view this by typing the example shown in the search engine on the Netflix website.

In 2012, Netflix expanded its streaming service in Europe starting with UK and Ireland, and then moved to include Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.

On August 1, 2013, Netflix released a feature that allowed an account to have five user profiles.

Did you know that in 2013 Netflix announced an awards show of its own known as The Flixies? These awards were based on the viewing habits of fans.

When Robin Wright won the Best Actress award in a drama television for 'House Of Cards' in 2014, it was the first Golden Globe Award to be presented to a streaming service.

On September 2, 2015, Netflix launched in Japan.

In 2016, Netflix announced the launch of original programming specific to kids.

In 2018, Netflix broke the 17-year Emmy winning streak of HBO.

In November 2021, Netflix Games was launched. This is available on Android.

An announcement to launch this gaming service for iOS is also made.

Did you know that in 2019, Tesla owners were informed by founder Elon Musk that they would be able to enjoy Netflix services in their cars?

However, the service only works when the car is parked and will be available only in the newer models. The date of availability of this service is also yet to be determined.

This streaming platform was nominated for 42 Golden Globe awards in 2021.

According to information retrieved from a survey carried out in August, 2021, Netflix was very popular with young viewers within the age group of 18-34 years in the United States.

According to reports as of December 31, 2021, there were more than 221.8 million Netflix users worldwide.

Founders Of Netflix

Read on these interesting facts about the founders of Netflix:

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr. is the co-founder, co-chief executive office, and chairman of Netflix.

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr has also been a director of Facebook Inc and Microsoft.

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr started his first company, Pure Software in 1991 which he sold to Rational Software in 1995 for a large profit.

This American businessman founded Netflix in 1997 along with Marc Randolph.

It is believed that Hastings got the idea to start Netflix after he had a $40 late fee amount for Apollo 13, a movie that he had rented from Blockbuster.

However, Hastings said that this was not true and he just wanted to create something similar to Amazon.

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr is well-known for this philanthropic work and has spent most of this time trying to find a solution for various educational issues.

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr was the president of the California State Board of Education from 2000-2004.

Hastings is married to Patricia Ann Quillin and has two children.

Wilmont Reed Hastings Jr resides with his family in Santa Cruz, California.

Marc Randolph is the co-founder as well as the first CEO of Netflix.

Marc Randolph has also founded the Macworld magazine and MacWarehouse and MicroWarehouse, computer mail-order businesses.

Marc Randolph retired from Netflix in 2003.

In addition to being a tech entrepreneur, Marc Randolph is also an advisor, mentor, and speaker.

The initial user interface of Netflix was designed by Randolph.

Randolph also named the company and acted as the chief executive officer for the first year.

Best Netflix Shows

Check out these amazing facts about the best shows on Netflix:

Did you know a binge racer tries to complete watching an entire season of their favorite Netflix shows within 24 hours of its release?

The country that has the highest percentage of binge racers in the world is Canada.

Did you know that 'Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life' had the most binge-watchers worldwide in its 24-hour debut?

On February 1, 2013, 'House Of Cards' the first original content by Netflix was streamed on this platform.

'Ozark' is a popular Netflix original series that tells the story of how Marty Byrde, a financial advisor, moves his family to Missouri Ozarks to launder millions of dollars to keep away a cartel boss.

Ozark stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde.

This drama has a stellar cast and four seasons can be streamed right now by Netflix users.

'The Witcher' is another Netflix Originals show about a monster hunter.

'The Witcher' is a fantasy show based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. It stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter.

If you loved 'Game Of Thrones' you might enjoy 'The Witcher' too.

'The Crown' is a hit series in quite a few countries where this streaming service is available.

If you enjoy reading and watching about the royal family then you will especially enjoy season four as it explores the relationship of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Four seasons of this Netflix series are available for Netflix subscribers to enjoy.

'Seinfeld' is a hit series of the '90s that's available exclusively on Netflix. This sitcom about Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer was and is still a popular show. All nine seasons of this funny show about nothing can be enjoyed with your Netflix subscription.

'Money Heist' remains one of the most popular series on Netflix. It's a heist drama about a group trying to rob the Royal Mint of Spain.

'Money Heist' is a big hit with Spanish-speaking audiences and is now gaining quite a fan-following among English-speaking audiences as well.

Netflix statistics revealed that 'Money Heist Four', a Netflix Original program is the most popular non-English show of all time.

If none of this caught your attention then how about checking out 'Breaking Bad', the most-watched show on Netflix.

Also, if you're a fan of the American animated series 'South Park' then here's some news for you. Netflix will not stream the 200th and 201st episodes due to the depiction of Prophet Muhammad.

Television Netflix logo on screen with remote control in home.

Best Netflix Movies

There are more than 3600 movies and 1800 television shows on this streaming service.

Also, Netflix believes that a user on their site spends only two minutes browsing before making a selection.

'Extraction' was the most-watched Netflix movie in 2020.

This is the reason they spend more than $150 million annually to tweak and improve their recommendations system. So it should be simple to find something to watch.

'The King', a Netflix Original, is about Henry V as a young man navigating the world of politics and war. It stars Timothée Chalamet in the title role. 'The King' also has Robert Pattinson and Sean Harris.

It was made with a budget of $20 million it is not only visually stunning but the storyline too is very engrossing.

Ma Rainey's 'Black Bottom' is among the best original content movies on Netflix. It's based on the play by August Wilson. It has Viola Davis in the lead role and late Chadwick Boseman. This movie has some amazing music and is definitely worth watching.

'Okja' is a story of a young girl and her best friend who is a strange and large creature known as an Okja. The movie stars Tilda Swinton as the nasty CEO who wants to destroy the friendship. This is an earlier movie by Bong Joon Ho who made 'Parasite'.

'The Guilty' is a gripping thriller is based on an award-winning Danish drama of the same name. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a 911 call center operator who has to race against time to save a kidnapped woman. According to reports, Netflix spent $30 million to acquire the rights to this movie.

'The Mitchells Vs The Machines', an animated movie, is perfect for kids and families. The show's producers are Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It is a funny movie about an aspiring filmmaker who is forced to take a road trip with her family.

Other Interesting Facts

If you are looking forward to binge-watching shows and films on Netflix then you might want to consider getting a special pair of socks known as Netflix socks.

These socks can detect when you fall asleep and pause the show or movie you are watching so you don't miss anything. The socks have an electronic device that detects pulse.

Did you know about the secret menu on Netflix? If you press shift + Alt + left mouse click you can bring up a troubleshooting menu through which you can adjust the bit rate of the stream. This helps to reduce buffering, although the picture quality wouldn’t be that great.

Did you know that Netflix still offers DVD rental plans? If you wish to enjoy movies on DVD just check out the Netflix website to know more about the plans they offer.

Did you know that during the pandemic, Google searches for Netflix surged and so did Netflix subscribers?

During the quarantine period, Netflix statistics revealed that Netflix searches skyrocketed. It witnessed a whopping 104% rise.

Did you know that Netflix prices vary from country to country? As of 2021, Netflix had the lowest prices in Argentina and it costs the highest in Switzerland, with the basic monthly subscriptions starting at 13.46 U.S. Dollars.

Another fascinating fact is that Netflix had offered a free subscription to its mobile plan in Kenya.

 Did you know an average Netflix user watches 60 movies in a year?

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