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Netflix, one of the darlings of the internet age. In less than 20 years, it has become the go-to spot for our entertainment needs.

We list below five incredible Netflix facts you never knew were true…, but first…

Here’s the timeline for how it all began.

Netflix Timeline

1. It all started because of a Blockbuster late fee

You
have a Blockbuster late fee to thank for Netflix — maybe. According to the
most-told Netflix origin story, founder Reed Hastings was annoyed when
Blockbuster charged him a $40 late fee for not returning Apollo 13 on time.
That tale was more smart PR than truth, co-founder Marc Randolph later said, but
the messaging worked. Later, Blockbuster passed on a chance to buy Netflix for
$50 million, one of several fatal mistakes that eventually doomed the video
rental company.

2. In the US, Netflix usage dropped during the eclipse.

It
takes a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event to pull people away from their
screens. During August 2017’s total solar eclipse, Netflix viewership dropped
10%. “Well played, Moon,” the company tweeted in response.

3. Half of couples are Netflix cheaters

Half
of couples are cheaters — Netflix cheaters, that is. Forty-six percent of
couples around the world have watched a TV show ahead of their significant
other.

4. There’s a reason you can’t find a decent movie to watch

Netflix
has 125 million hours of content, so why can’t you find a decent movie to
watch? Blame the shrinking content library. Even as the company has spent
billions of dollars developing its own original content, the number of movies
and TV shows available to subscribers has actually dropped by 50% between 2011
and 2020.

5. There’s logic to those oddly correct movie recommendations

You might not realize it, but if you watch
Netflix you’re part of a “taste community” (actually, several communities). The
company sorts viewers into 2,000 different groups based on their viewing habits
and then uses that data to recommend other TV shows and movies for them to
watch. The strategy allows the recommendations to go beyond genre and find more
subtle connections between movies and shows that suggest someone might enjoy
something.


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