Netflix vs. the World

 (535)1 h 44 min202013+
Two decades before there was a streaming war, a tiny, broke Silicon Valley company that rented DVDs by mail laid the foundation for a revolution in how the world watches entertainment today.
Shawn Cauthen
Derek CecilKevin CostnerAlfonso Cuaron
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Antoine FuquaWoody Harrelson
Shawn CauthenGina KeatingMichael FlahertyGary KellerJay Papasan
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S ChandlerReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A MUST for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
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Wow. I thought I was going to learn about how Netflix grew to be the powerhouse we know today. This documentary delivers all that and SO much more. It lays a foundation in the early days of corner VHS rental stores and the dominance of Blockbuster and from there unfolds the storied beginnings of Netflix all the while weaving in legends such as Carl Icahn and Enron. I was blown away by how incredibly unlikely it is that Netflix even survived, the stunning twists of fate, and the willingness of so many who were part of its story - on both sides - to share their experiences so candidly and still with such passion even all these years later. A must see for any budding entrepreneurs in your life as well as anyone who would just enjoy a very well told tale as you take a stroll down memory lane. And the best part? When you're finished watching, no late fees, no need to rewind :)
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EliasReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Netflix is lossing costumers like never before... This is just a self promoting video
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Netflix was good, actually it was great. But lately they have been exponentially losing customers.

About 2 years ago they signed some contracts with the Obamas and some other dark personalities and started to stream a lot of crap. The good. movies have been slowly removed and most of the new programming has been nothing but idiotic, talentless, insulting, and boring crap.

This video is an effort to try to self promote because their crap streaming is not doing the job anymore.
I feel sorry for them because they used to be good. That is what happens when you let the vipers into your gold egg nest. They will devour everything and leave you with nothing but misery.
18 people found this helpful
LLovesMoviesReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting comprehensive story of the history of Netflix to today
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I remember how cool it was to pick and put in your queue movies on the Netflix site. With anticipation I'd wait for the mail to get the DVDs and Loved that I could keep them however long I wanted and return them when I was ready for more DVDs. I got so mad at Blockbuster because of late fees, but how I remember going there to look at the wall of DVDs (and VHS tapes before that!) to pick the movie to watch. Things have changed so much and its intriguing how Netflix has stayed ahead of the curve of the changing digital distribution landscape and delivers what audiences want in both platform delivery and content. Well done documentary, hat's off to these filmmakers. A recommended watch for everyone.
5 people found this helpful
ceejay960Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
More like Netflix vs. Blockbuster
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It was kind of interesting, but I was hoping for a bit more detail on how they got the business up and running and then the steps they took to build it and improve it. Instead it seemed like it kept jumping ahead with little explanation. One minute they have an idea to rent DVD's by mail, the next minute it's opening day and orders are flowing in. How did they get the word out about their website. Where are these customers coming from? How did they find out about Netflix. Then they're talking about the problems they're having with selling DVD's online...huh? Oh, they rent and sell, okay. I was an early NF subscriber (I found out about NF in a magazine article about classic movies being released on DVD) and the reason I joined was because of the huge selection, especially older, more obscure titles and foreign films that no other video stores would carry. Their was no talk of this being one of their strategies. Also, no mention of how they realized they would need to set up a network of distribution centers to cover the entire nation or how they did it. Later, NF falls on hard times (how they don't say) and they have to let a bunch of their early employees go, the same ones that are being interviewed for this show, but later when they're talking about developments that happened ten years later, some of the same people are describing the events...wait, I thought you were fired? I guess you got called back? So then Blockbuster decides to get into the online DVD by mail business and it takes off like a rocket. They're mopping the floor with NF one minute, and then the next minute Blockbuster is filing for bankruptcy...wait, what happened? You would think 1h 44m would be plenty of time to tell a complete story, but I thought it was a bit disjointed and left a lot of holes.
7 people found this helpful
Erika FernandesReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A really good movie
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I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was an interesting story about the creation Netflix that I didn't know. Great watch for any person who loves a story based on real events. If you enjoy advertising, marketing, entrepreneurship.
6 people found this helpful
Steve HoenigReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and Educational
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A great documentary. It's always interesting to take a peak behind the curtain and the things you admire and enjoy. I still remember where I was living and the general time of year that I signed up to receive 2 DVDs at a time. It became something I looked forward to. Suddenly the mail had something exciting about it instead the the light bill and the credit card statements. It was liek getting a gift every few days. In the beginning I was extremely religious about watching and returning the discs. It happened like clockwork. Then as I got busier with work and life in general I would end up holding rentals for weeks at a time and then finally months. But Netflix came to the rescue with online streaming and I was back in the saddle again. I figure I have been a faithful subscriber for over 20 years, never wavering although my son now pays the bill since my retirement.
I look at all the changes in the video streaming industry with Apple, Disney, and CBS. I guess NBC is i the game now as well and I wonder who will be left standing in 5 or 10 years. I can't imagine there are enoug possible subscribers to make all of these services profitable. But time will tell. All I know as that these companies crowd out the field and use up all the available oxygen the incentive for illegal downloading only increases. After all who can afford $50, $60, $70 a month or more to watch all the available streaming content, let along who has the time. Still my experience with Netflix has been an extremely positive one an along with Amazon Prime I will continue to watch and enjoy.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing David vs. Goliath Story
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To get an inside look at the early days of a company that now defines the technology and entertainment categories is truly fascinating. I love how raw the footage is since it demystifies the glamour of startups and shows the true trial-and-error that occurs along the path to success. Bonus to have commentary from the other players in the space at the same time to hear how they perceived this unlikely threat. Great interviews and supporting footage. Fantastic story telling. Well done.
5 people found this helpful
David J. SanchezReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
True examples of digital transformation and innovation
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This was truly a David vs. Goliath story. In one corner, you have this startup Netflix, coming along at the worse possible time, during the dot com crash, and trying to transform how we get movies. On the other corner, we have the Coca-Cola of movie rentals and distribution, Blockbusters, beloved, and loathed at the same time. The competition between these two transformed the home entertainment for millions. Netflix was preparing for COVID without knowing they were.
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