Surprising facts about your favorite addiction, Netflix

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Netflix.com was almost Blockbuster.com. Blockbuster considered purchasing Netflix at one point. Netflix was going to sell them 49% stake in the company and would have become the online service Blockbuster was looking for.

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If you’re in the United States and have Netflix, try searching ‘Example Show’ within Netflix. You’ll find the first piece of content they ever uploaded, which is a test film that was used to check out the standard film frames.

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Netflix users stream upwards of 100 million hours of content every single day.

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The idea behind Netflix came in 1997 after the CEO was charged $40 for a late VHS copy of Apollo 13.

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Netflix is available in over 50 countries.

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People with kids are statistically more likely to have a Netflix account. Kids don’t mind watching the same shows over and over again.

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Breaking Bad is the most watched show currently on Netflix.

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Adam Sandler has recently signed a four-movie deal with Netflix. He says the reason he signed with them is because Netflix rhymes with wet chicks. Sound proof decision, Sandler.

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For her role on ‘House of Cards’ Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. This made Netflix the first original online programming service to win a major television award.

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Netflix also has their own awards show called ‘The Flixies’. They’re done tongue in cheek, but users are still encouraged to vote for their favorite shows.

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Netflix has produced 66 original programs as of this February. They range from series, to films, to documentaries and comedy specials. One of their more popular series is ‘Orange is the New Black’.

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If the quality of your Netflix stream is poor, try watching it a little earlier in the day. The peak times for people to watch Netflix are between 7pm and 9pm.

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There are more people in the United States that subscribe to Netflix than there are to cable.

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Netflix has 76,897 categories to use when you’re searching. This includes ‘Cool Mustaches’, ‘Dark Canadian Thrillers’, ‘Understates Detective Shows’, and my personal favorite ‘Emotional Independent Drama for Hopeless Romantics’. There’s literally only one movie labeled under than title.

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If you’re draining all of your data watching Netflix, try this – Log into Netflix on your browser, go to your account, then playback settings and finally manage video quality. You can set it to 480p. While it’s definitely potato quality, you will use far less data.

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If you’re a fan of Rotten Tomatoes, you can actually sort your list by their ratings. You can do this by going to either the Rotten Tomatoes Netflix streaming page OR you can download a Google Chrome extension.

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Watching Netflix on the computer? There are a ton of keyboard shortcuts –

F = Full screen
Shift + L arrow = Rewind
Shift + R arrow = Fast forward
M = Mute
Up arrow = Volume up
Down arrow = Volume down
Enter = Play/Pause

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The employees of Netflix can take as many vacation days as they want. Their spokesperson Joris Evers said “It’s all about freedom and responsibility and treating people like adults’.

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And speaking of treating said employees like adults, they sure act like it. On April Fools Day one year, they changed their categories and added some made up ones instead. They included (but were not limited to) ‘Movies That Are In English, But Still Require Subtitles’, ‘Movies Featuring An Epic Nicholas Cage Meltdown’, and ‘TV Shows Where Defiantly Crossed Arms Mean Business’.

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A Netflix inspector sorts around 650 DVDs per hour. That’s 5,200 DVDs per a working day.

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The best connectivity offered in the US for Netflix is Google Fiber.

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Netflix has purchased the licensing rights to ‘House of Cards’. They brought David Fincher and Kevin Spacey on because their movies proved to be immensely popular on Netflix.

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In just one quarter of 2015, Netflix topped $1.4 billion in revenue.

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Netflix has had their fair share of glitches. One of the more noticeable glitches was in 2014 and was combining two different titles into one.

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If you’re wanting to view a show before it leaves Netflix, check out the service ‘Now Streaming’. They provide a full list of shows that are being removed every week.