2017 is a big year for Netflix. In August, the media company will celebrate its 20th birthday, and this week marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of its streaming video service. In 2007, the move allowed the company to expand beyond its initial premise of DVD rentals by mail, charting the path for its current pop cultural dominance.
As the business evolved, its onetime competitors in the space -- Blockbuster (RIP), Redbox and even Wal-Mart -- faded from view. Mobile devices became more powerful, better equipping viewers to watch anywhere. Netflix’s popularity put tech behemoths such as Amazon on notice.
The video service started 2017 with some good news. It nabbed a big name in Jerry Seinfeld. The comedian's Emmy-nominated series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will get 24 new episodes, which will drop later this year. And viewers can also expect two stand up specials from Seinfeld as part of the new deal. And, at the end of last week, its stock shares were valued at $133.70, the highest in the company’s history (the company made its IPO in 2002 at $15 a share).
So as it reaches this signficant anniversary, here’s a look at Netflix by the numbers.
1. 86 MILLION
Netflix has more than 86 million subscribers around the world.
2. A GROWING LIBRARY
The streaming service launched with roughly 1,000 films and TV series. As of this spring, Netflix has 4,563 movies and 2,445 shows in its digital library.