19 things you didn't know about Netflix

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  • Netflix was originally called „kibble.“
  • It’s technically been around longer than Google. 
  • Netflix is responsible for 15% of the world’s internet traffic.

It’s hard to imagine life without Netflix, but there’s a lot you probably don’t know about the popular streaming service.

Read on to learn 19 facts about Netflix, from what it was originally called to how you can search for niche categories.

In its early stages, Netflix had a different name.

Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph told Fortune that the streaming service was originally called Kibble. Although the name was simply a placeholder, it referred to the idea that a product isn’t a success unless „the dogs eat the dog food,“ as he phrased it.

In the future, there could be an „Ultra“ membership tier.

In July, word got out (via the Italian blog Tutto Android) that Netflix would start offering members a new tier of service. The so-called Ultra plan would allow users to stream Ultra HD video and audio on up to four devices at once.

Currently, those with a Netflix subscription can choose one of three options that determine how many device screens they can watch simultaneously. A Basic plan costs $7.99, with Standard and Premium plans going for $10.99 and $13.99, respectively.

The Ultra tier is still in development, as Netflix spokesperson Smita Saran explained in an email to consumer electronics site CNET.

„We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time,“ Saran wrote. „In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix.“

Netflix made a goofy test film ― and you can still watch it.

You may have thought that „House of Cards“ was the first original content that Netflix produced. But the service’s first „original series“ was actually a 2010 project called „Example Show.“

The 11-minute test video (which you can watch here) is pretty goofy. „Actor,“ the episode’s star, performs feats such as moon-walking while holding a laptop and reciting a monologue from Shakespeare’s „Julius Caesar.“

If that doesn’t sound wild enough, the video is inexplicably subtitled with the line „There’s no crying in baseball,“ which was borrowed from the film „A League of Their Own.“

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Source: Business insider

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