Our Favourite Websites #15

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What is your favourite website? Which site do you use the most and does it do the job you really want it to perform? That is what this series of posts is all about – our favourite websites. Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website in 1991 and there must be billions more that have come and gone – or even remained – since then. Serious sites, business sites, dysfunctional sites (yes, ok – we know who we are) or maybe sites just devoted to grumpy cats. So, I thought I would have a sit down and decide which sites I thought had brought us the most enjoyment, functionality, performance or just wasted our precious time over the last thirty years.

Netflix is a content platform and production company headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. The company’s primary business is a subscription-based streaming service offering online streaming from a library of films and television series, including those produced in-house. As of last month, Netflix had over 195 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 73 million in the United States. It is available worldwide except in the following: mainland China (due to local restrictions), Syria, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US sanctions). It was reported in 2020 that Netflix’s operating income is $1.2 billion. The company has offices in France, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Netherlands, India, Japan, and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), producing and distributing content from countries all over the globe.

Netflix’s initial business model included DVD sales and rental by mail, but Hastings abandoned the sales about a year after the company’s founding to focus on the initial DVD rental business. Netflix expanded its business in 2007 with the introduction of streaming media while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental business. The company expanded internationally in 2010 with streaming available in Canada, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean. Netflix entered the content-production industry in 2013, debuting its first series House of Cards.

Since 2012, Netflix has taken more of an active role as producer and distributor for both film and television series, and to that end, offers a variety of “Netflix Original” content through its online library. By January 2016, Netflix services operated in more than 190 countries. Netflix released an estimated 126 original series and films in 2016, more than any other network or cable channel. Their efforts to produce new content, secure the rights for additional content, and diversify through 190 countries have resulted in the company racking up billions in debt: $21.9 billion as of September 2017, up from $16.8 billion from the previous year. $6.5 billion of this is long-term debt, with the remainder in long-term obligations. In October 2018, Netflix announced it would raise another $2 billion in debt to help fund new content. On July 10, 2020, Netflix became the largest entertainment/media company by market capitalization.

During the COVID-19 pandemic most companies have reported huge losses, however, Netflix reported “revenue for the quarter ending 31st March 2020 was $5.768B, a 27.58% increase year-over-year.”

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Edward Bear PhD

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54 Comments on “Our Favourite Websites #15”

  1. Guests on C4 News have lost the fuckin’ plot. Their advice for Xmas?

    Eat outside and throw plastic sheets over each other before hugging.

    I shit you not!

  2. One of our dinosaurs has a crush on one of our girl visitors…

    Whoops, there was a miscommunication. One of our dinosaurs has *crushed* a girl that was visiting the park.

    Sorry for the mixup!

  3. Do I remember where I set my keys 5 mins ago? No. Do I remember EXACTLY how that pizza tasted at that one hotel I stayed at in Jackson Hole 12 years ago? Yes, yes I do.

  4. “Piglet, let’s go home.”
    “But, Pooh,” cried Piglet, “do you know the way?”
    “No. But there are 12 pots of honey in my cupboard, and they’ve been calling me for hours. If nobody says anything except those 12 pots, I shall know where they’re coming from.”

  5. Barbara and I spend a lot of time on Jeanette’s plot. It gets quite warm in the polytunnel and that makes me feel sleepy. Barbara likes to sit on the bench outside and keep an eye on things. He really loves Jeanette and gets on her lap when she sits there. We have a good life.

  6. Good morning everybody & welcome to Wednesday, it would appear that the printer isn’t working as there’s something stuck and it’s jamming the output tray.

  7. Today is “D” Day… or Dentist Day. Truth is that even though my dentist is absolutely fantastic, I’m still terrified!!! I have to sort out this dental cat flap and accompanying lisp…


    Basil Fawlty: “Sybil, I forbid you to open that safe.
    Sybil, I forbid you to take that case out!
    Sybil, you cannot open that case!
    I forbid it!”

  9. Three households will be allowed to meet for up to five days over Christmas.
    This is a big sacrifice for me as it means I won’t be able to see most of my children.


    It’s one month until Christmas. It is now socially acceptable to eat mince pies, mull wine, and, where required, travel via one-horse open sleighs.

    It is still too early for Christmas music.

    The Royal Department of Seasonally Appropriate Behaviour

  11. Morning duties are over and I’m catching up on zeds in year three. Toebeans at the ready in case any of the little people need help with their maths. Have a lovely day friends, stay safe and take care and keep washing those paws.

  12. Why when I’ve got to be ready for something at a certain time, do I fanny about doing fuck all until about 5 mins before and then start run round panicking, stressing out & calling everyone silly cunts.

  13. Getting my hair done on a show the other day and the make up artist said “How do you cope with humanity? ” I said “Gosh well, it’s hard isn’t it, I try to only read The Guardian and I mediate and do yoga” she looked at me really weird and then said “oh no, sorry I mean humidity”.

  14. Joe Biden’s all “We will not be dealing with the UK unless there’s an open border between them and Ireland”. He basically said “Up the RA”, gowannn Joseph ye mad bastid x

  15. My GP’s phone now redirects you to fill in an online form. The online form tells me to call them. The phone redirects me to the online form. The form tells me to call them. The phone redirects me to…

  16. Just got this message from Ruth Langsford’s PA…

    “Anyone got use of a glass elevator? Ruth and Eamon want to film themselves going to town on each other in it and then send it to This Morning as a final fuck you.”

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