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1/31. You can stop trying to impress Netflix with the streaming version of keeping Ulysses on your coffee table. In a 2013 Wired.com interview, Vice-President of Product Innovation Carlos Gomez-Uribe noted that viewers often report viewing documentaries or esoteric foreign movies. “But in practice,” he said, “that doesn’t happen very much.
2/31 Netflix will pay you to sit at home, watch shows, and then tag them with keywords. This is part of the Netflix Quantum Theory to provide better recommendations and search results.
3/31 The company commissioned cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken to study how the risk of spoilers affect a person's viewing habits since bingeing means some users can watch shows faster than others. His findings concluded that people fall into three categories: people who ruin shows intentionally, people who will dangle the threat of spoilers, and people who never tell anything.
4/31 Netflix has spent over $150 million to improve their recommendations because studies have found that if a user doesn't choose a movie or TV show within 2 minutes they will simply move on to another website or service.
5/31 The first original Netflix product was 11-minutes worth of test footage shot in 2011. The short videos can be watched together to create a very abstract film that really doesn't make sense.
6/31 A 2015 study at the University of Texas studied the behaviour people who claimed to binge Netflix. The study found that bingers are more likely to be depressed, lack self-control, and are prone to loneliness. That being said, the study defined bingeing as watching a minimum of 2 episodes in a row.
7/31 Recently Netflix has been used as a platform to revive previously cancelled TV shows. In the past once a show was cancelled it was rarely brought back, though there have been multiple movies and spinoff series from originally-cancelled shows. Netflix has revived shows like Prison Break, Full House, Gilmore Girls, and Arrested Development.