Netflix, Inc. is a provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers in all of North America , South America and parts of Europe , and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs are sent via Permit Reply Mail. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. It started its subscription-based service in 1999. By 2009, Netflix was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD and had surpassed 10 million subscribers.As of September 2014, Netflix has subscribers in over 40 countries, with intentions of expanding their services in unreached countries .On February 25, 2007, Netflix delivered its billionth DVD. In April 2011, Netflix had 23.6 million subscribers in the United States and over 26 million worldwide. By 2011, the total digital revenue for Netflix reached at least $1.5 billion. On October 23, 2012, however, Netflix reported an 88% decline in third-quarter profits. In January 2013, Netflix reported that it had added two million U.S. customers during the fourth quarter of 2012 with a total of 27.1 million U.S. streaming customers, and 29.4 million total streaming customers. In addition, revenue was up 8% to $945 million for the same period.As of mid-March 2013, Netflix had 33 million subscribers. That number increased to 36.3 million subscribers in April 2013. As of September 2013, for that year's third quarter report, Netflix reported its total of global streaming subscribers at 40.4 million . By the fourth quarter of 2013, Netflix reported 33.1 million U.S. subscribers. By the second quarter of 2014, there were more than 50 million subscribers globally.On January 16, 2014, the nomination of The Square for an Academy Award became the first ever nomination for a Netflix original production. Wikipedia.
Netflix | Date: 2015-09-25
A certificate orchestration system for digital certificate and encryption key management is provided herein along with associated methods. The system includes a certificate orchestration server having a processing device in communication with a coupled storage system that is coupled to the certificate orchestration server. The system further includes an interface provided by the certificate orchestration server to a client device; and a database to store digital certificates and keys. The certificate orchestration server is configured to receive a request from the client device to generate a digital certificate and an associated public key, receive the digital certificate and associated public key from a third-party certificate authority system over an external network, store the digital certificate and public key in the coupled storage system. The coupled storage system is not directly connected to the client device.
Netflix | Date: 2016-10-20
Techniques for selecting and ordering groups of titles to present as recommendations. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed by one or more computing devices of an online services comprises selecting, for each of a plurality of row positions, a group of titles to fill the row position based at least in part on a relevance score computed for the group of titles. The relevance score is based at least in part on a personalized ranking for a particular user of titles in the groups in titles selected to fill the row positions. The groups of titles selected to fill to the row positions are presented as recommendations to the particular user as a sequence of rows in which each row in the sequence corresponds to one of the selected groups of titles.
Netflix | Date: 2016-10-24
Techniques are disclosed for representing a user quality of experience (QoE) experienced by users of a streaming media service using a single QoE metric. The single QoE metric may be determined based on a set of empirical characteristics relating to the streaming video service such as startup latency, video quality, and the likelihood of interruptions in streaming playback. The empirical characteristics may be weighted according to how much one factor influences user quality of experience, relative to the others. Representing the QoE as a single metric may allow a streaming media service provider to improve key business measures such as subscriber retention and engagement.
Netflix | Date: 2015-08-31
One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for mitigating drift in audiovisual assets. The technique includes determining that an edit associated with a presentation timeline is within boundaries of a video frame. The technique further includes calculating a temporal drift associated with the edit, where the temporal drift comprises a duration of time between the edit and a boundary of the video frame. The technique further includes determining whether to include the video frame in the presentation timeline based on the temporal drift and an accumulated temporal drift associated with the presentation timeline.
Netflix | Date: 2016-12-13
One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for adapting playback bit rate to available delivery bandwidth in a content delivery system comprising a content server and a content player. A content player periodically estimates whether a given playback bit rate can feasibly provide complete playback for a given title assuming currently available bandwidth. If playback becomes unfeasible at a current bit rate assuming currently available bandwidth, then the content player adapts the bit rate downward until a feasible bit rate is achieved. If playback is feasible using a higher bit rate, then the content player may adapt the bit rate upward.
Netflix | Date: 2016-02-15
In one embodiment of the present invention, a training engine teaches a matrix factorization model to rank items for users based on implicit feedback data and a rank loss function. In operation, the training engine approximates a distribution of scores to corresponding ranks as an approximately Gaussian distribution. Based on this distribution, the training engine selects an activation function that smoothly maps between scores and ranks. To train the matrix factorization model, the training engine directly optimizes the rank loss function based on the activation function and implicit feedback data. By contrast, conventional training engines that optimize approximations of the rank loss function are typically less efficient and produce less accurate ranking models.
Netflix | Date: 2016-09-02
In an approach, a target computing device receives a pairing request from a controller computing device, the pairing request including controller credentials that were previously received by the controller computing device from an authentication server computer and encrypted under a service key. The target computing device forwards the pairing request to the authentication server, the authentication server computer being configured to return a pairing response based at least in part on the controller credentials. The target computing device receives the pairing which includes a shared secret encrypted under a target device key and the same shared secret encrypted under a controller key. The target computing device decrypts the shared secret encrypted under the target device key and forwards the shared secret encrypted under the controller key to the controller device. Using the decrypted shared secret, the target computing device establishes a secure connection to the controller computing device.
Netflix | Date: 2016-03-24
A computer-implemented method and a system for implementation the method are provided. The method includes receiving user activity data for a first set of users of a streaming media system, in which the first set of users having access to a first catalog. Additional user activity data for a second set of users is received. The second set of users has access to a second catalog, which includes media items also present in the first catalog. The second catalog further includes an exclusive media item that is not included in the first catalog. A probability that a user of the first set of users would play the exclusive media item if presented by the streaming media system with the exclusive media item is determined. Information is provided to a user of the second set of users as a recommendation to play the exclusive media item based on the probability.
Netflix | Date: 2016-02-07
One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for identifying active streaming connections associated with a particular user account. Each active streaming connection transmits heartbeat packets periodically to a server that tracks the receipt of the heartbeat packets. If, for a particular streaming connection, the server stops receiving heartbeat packets, then the server is able to infer that the streaming connection has been terminated.
Netflix | Date: 2016-01-04
One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for streaming digital media content with transition effects. Audio data may be modulated and received by the streaming device for an audio fade-in effect. Similarly, video data may be modulated to perform various visual effects. Such a technique allows for fading-in of audio and/or video, fading-out of audio and/or video, and effects that blend audio from different content and video from different content during a transition from one digital media content to a different digital media content or within the same digital media content. The modulated audio and video data to generate the audio or video effect during a transition may be precomputed or computed in real-time and transmitted to the streaming device. The streaming device switches between original unmodulated content streams and effect content streams when transitions are detected.