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Netflix is a service that provides DVD content via the Internet worldwie; and via the U.S. Postal Service in the United States. Their streamed content ("Instant Play" or "Netflix Instant Play") can be viewed via computers, internet-connected game consoles (including the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360), and specialty set-top boxes (such as the Netflix-specific "Roku Box").

Available content includes both television shows (including animation) and movies.

See also Hulu.


Netflix provides examples of:

  • Digital Distribution: The Client-Server model.
  • No Export for You: Because of licensing concerns, Netflix offers streamed content worldwide, but because of their method of distribution, they only offer DVD subscriptions to U.S. residents, and the streaming libraries available to residents outside of the US are much different than the one within it.
  • Offer Void in Nebraska: A variation: Some episodes of shows and special non-episode DVD releases are only available on DVD. These episodes are typically grouped by disc, but some episodes are available for streaming while other episodes on the disc are DVD-only.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They, for some reason, didn't realize that hiking up their prices by 60% would mean pretty much half their customers would leave.
  • Thirty-Day Free Trial: Netflix offers free trials of various lengths, mostly thirty days.
  • Vanilla Edition: Some of Netflix's DVDs and all of their streamed movies and shows omit special features. Bonus Discs are not included with shipped DVDs. Most original productions have multiple audio tracks/subtitles, while third-party series just have English and maybe one other language. 
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