When did Netflix start?

POLAND - 2022/02/03: In this photo illustration a Netflix logo seen displayed on a smartphone with popcorns and laptop keyboard in the background. (Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
POLAND - 2022/02/03: In this photo illustration a Netflix logo seen displayed on a smartphone with popcorns and laptop keyboard in the background. (Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /
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Unless you were literally born yesterday, we doubt there’s a person on this planet who doesn’t know what Netflix is. In whatever mood you might find yourself in, Netflix’s library of TV shows and movies will surely have something to entice you with.

With its huge collection of entertainment, it’s no surprise that the streamer is often dubbed the “giant” among its streaming cousins. But if you wanted to know the ins and outs of Netflix, then you’re in the right place. We’ve got the brief history of Netflix below, full of fun facts to impress all your friends with your streamer-based knowledge. 

When did Netflix start?

We honestly can’t remember a time when we weren’t bingeing TV shows and devouring movies on Netflix. Netflix — although not quite the company we know of today — was launched by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph all the way back in 1997! The company concept initially was to sell and rent DVDs by post.

Netflix timeline

By 1998, the dynamic duo had launched the first-ever DVD rental and sales site, and in the following year in 1999 they had already come up with their super enticing subscription offer which gave members access to “unlimited DVD rentals without due dates, late fees, or monthly rental limits.”

Since the late ’90s and early ’00s, the company continued to focus on growing its memberships, but with the rise in demand for their services, Hastings and Randolph decided they needed to change up their business model.

In 2007, “streaming” was introduced which allowed subscription members to watch any TV show and movie from their library instantly.

By 2012, the membership count reached over 25 million and the streamer spread its wings globally, having been introduced in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic Countries. And by 2016, they had expanded to stream across 190 countries in 21 languages around the world.

The platform started creating its own original shows, starting with Lilyhammer in 2012, starring The Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt. That was followed by House of Cards.

In 2021, membership surpassed 200 million! The streamer continues to grow to this day with new features and options are added regularly! Just last year, Netflix launched its first mobile games.

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