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Netflix users collectively watched 1 billion hours of content per week in 2017

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Netflix users burned a lot of time watching content in 2017, though metrics seem to point that users have been watching less and less on average over time.

In a year-end blog post, the streaming service announced that users watched more than 140 million hours of content per day, or 1 billion hours per week. As of Q3 2017, the company has more than 109 million subscribers, a little less than half of which are in the U.S.

While this is undoubtedly an impressive feat for the streaming service, compared to past metrics, it also suggests that users may be watching fewer hours of content on the service compared to years past.

Though there weren’t any similar metrics given for 2016, at the end of 2015, Netflix announced that the 74.7 million users it had at the time had watched 42.5 billion hours of content that year. That suggests about 570 hours per year per account in 2015, though the math is obviously a little rough as sign-ups occur throughout the year. Nevertheless, with 109 million users watching 1 billion hours per week in 2017, the average has moved to around 480 hours per account, suggesting that as the company has scaled, its users might not have been logging quite as many hours of screen time.

 

Competition in the streaming market has obviously picked up in this time as Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon’s Prime video service have invested in original content more heavily and grown libraries. Most of Netflix’s subscriber growth has also taken place in international markets during this time, as well, after they made moves in early 2016 announcing the expansion to 130 new countries.

On a more comical note, in addition to detailing total hours watched, the site laid out some bizarre factoids, highlighting the odd streaming habits of some of its users, including one account that streamed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl each day for365 days in a row and another that binged the entirety of Shameless while in Antarctica. More sane movie fans were also a plenty on the service — the average user watched 60 movies on Netflix.

Netflix stock is up about 50 percent year-over-year.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/11/netflix-users-collectively-watched-1-billion-hours-of-content-per-week-in-2017/

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Like Father – Netflix Movie Trailer

Charmaine Blake

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Starring Kelsey Grammer & Kristen Bell
When a workaholic young executive (Kristen Bell), is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father (Kelsey Grammer). The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life. Like Father premieres August 3 only on Netflix.

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Netflix’s ‘Lust Stories’ is Indian filmmaking at its finest

Charmaine Blake

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“As Indian cinema’s worldwide audience grows, most people are acquainted exclusively with Bollywood – Hindi-language romantic dramas full of dazzling song-and-dance numbers that may or may not be related to plot.

But Indian cinema has always been more than that, just as Italian film extends beyond neorealism or and the French New Wave is just one piece of a rich history. Cinephiles may know Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy, which offers a glimpse of the type of gritty auteurship that doesn’t pay the Bollywood bills, but speaks to some truly fine artistry. Indian short films remain a source of this ingenuity and excellence, and Netflix’s Lust Stories is a fresh new installment.

Like Bombay Talkies before it, Lust Stories is an anthology of short films from known Indian directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar. They are exceedingly simple stories: a teacher’s obsession with…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/16/netflix-lust-stories/

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Netflixs latest hit The Kissing Booth is a Wattpad success story

Charmaine Blake

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“One of the most popular movies in the U.S. is a terrible teen rom-com called “The Kissing Booth,” and it’s not in theaters. Instead, this Netflix Original with its paltry 17 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, shot up to become the No. 4 movie on IMDb, before more recently dropping down to No. 9. Its leads, Jacob Elordi and Joey King, also became the No. 1 and No. 6 most popular stars on IMDb’s StarMeter, respectively, shortly after the film’s launch.

The secret to the movie’s success, however, is not just a combination of teenagers’ questionable taste in entertainment and the power of Netflix’s distribution — though both play a major role, clearly.

Instead, it’s that “The Kissing Booth” is tapping into a built-in audience: teenage Wattpad users.

Yes, Wattpad.

In case you’re not familiar, Wattpad is an online site…..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/14/netflixs-latest-hit-the-kissing-booth-is-a-wattpad-success-story/

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