I didn't watch the Emmy's this year and I missed some important news -- Netflix won a technical Emmy award. Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer, said: “Thanks very much to the Academy for recognizing Netflix - on behalf of all the people here who have worked so hard to create a great service that is revolutionizing television!”
Netflix Technical Emmy Award: Program Notes
Today, more than 30 million members regularly access the Netflix streaming service, using more than 1000 types of consumer electronic devices, viewing over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies each month, and accounting for more than 30% of US “last-mile” Internet traffic on any given night.
Netflix users are in control. They choose what, when, and where to watch. They pause, resume, or choose something else, any time (and there are no ads to skip). They watch on TV, tablets, computers, or mobile phones. At home, on vacation, or while on the road.
The Netflix cloud infrastructure, cloud-based video encoding and encryption, cloud-based bookmarking, multiple-profile stream encryption, "Open Connect" content delivery network, adaptive streaming technology, dynamic app updates, and personalization technologies deliver the service at scale with 99.99% availability. The major patent portfolio that Netflix has developed, combined with the scale of service delivery, widespread market use of the services and the validation of an alternative business model for television distribution is changing the Television industry in fundamental ways.