Netflix turns 25 and premieres Nostalgia Reel (VIDEO)

It has been 25 years since Reed Hastings and Mark Randolph launched a DVD movie rental company called Netflix, a business that would eventually become a multi-million dollar company.

To celebrate the silver jubilee, the streamer released a short commemorative video (see below) detailing Netflix’s journey from a DVD-by-mail company to the world’s first major streaming platform. The video, titled “The Story of Netflix,” features vintage commercials for the company that explain how DVD rentals work before showing how the rapid rise of the Internet made streaming possible.

“Binge became the new way we looked at things, and it gave everyone something to talk about,” says the video’s narrator. The trailer then shows clips from some of Netflix’s biggest and most memorable shows, including Orange is the New Black, Bridgerton, Stranger Things, and Squid Game.

The video also talks about the connection viewers have to many of Netflix’s shows and movies, highlighting Stranger Things co-players, the hilarious (and dangerous) Bird Box challenge videos, and the sudden rise in popularity of chess afterward. from The Queen’s Gambit. And, of course, he makes sure to mention the popular internet slang term “Netflix and chill.”

“That’s the thing with Netflix; you never really know what’s next,” jokes the narrator at the end of the video.

The OG streamer is looking forward to another successful 25 years, especially after this year saw a decline in subscribers for the first time. With increased competition from other streaming platforms including Disney+, Apple TV+ and Prime Video, the once-lone streamer is now in an intense battle for content and subscriptions.

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Despite this, Netflix remains the leader in the global streaming market, with 220 million subscribers: 20 million more than Amazon, 15 million more than Disney, and 180 million more than Apple.

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