Netflix is now celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Suppose that person is already a young adult experiencing Quarter life crisis. That person feels old because they only have five years left in their twenties. Today is Netflix’s 25th Anniversary. It is hard to believe, but this company has been around for that long. Back in 1997, The most powerful company that gave people the home video experience was Blockbuster. It is a rental store where people rent VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blurays. In the 90s, almost every street in America had a Blockbuster branch.
Netflix was this small start-up that let people rent DVDs online and receive and return them via mail. Can you imagine receiving envelopes of DVDs you rented online from Netflix and then you will ship them back to them within a time limit?
The Whole Story about pre-streaming Netflix is explained better by this video celebrating the quarter century of Netflix.
Netflix 25th year Anniversary
Blockbuster missed out on an opportunity to buy Netflix when it was still a small company. Facebook made the right call to buy Instagram before it became too big. At a certain point, Netflix tried to convince Blockbuster to Acquire them, but they were so full of themselves that they declined. That fatal mistake caused the fall of Blockbuster. Now there is only one single branch of Blockbuster that is still open. For the Final Nail in the coffin, Netflix will make a sitcom about the final Blockbuster branch.
From being an Online DVD rental, Netflix transitioned to Streaming videos. You may not believe this, but video streaming was originally created for porn websites. People used to buy their porn via mail, and the law made it hard, So porn companies found a last resort to the Internet and invented streaming as a desperate measure. It is a system that works; many services and websites have adapted to it. That changed Netflix from a video rental to a streaming service.