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Investigative Journalism: A billion hours on Netflix, in Law & Order terms
Remember how everyone freaked out that Netflix was down over the weekend due to a power outage? There’s a good reason for that: Everyone was more hooked than usual last month. June was the video streaming service’s biggest month ever — they topped a billion viewing hours, according to CEO Reed Hastings, which in layman’s terms is a freaking lot. By those stats, every user watched Netflix streaming 80 minutes a day last month, according to one estimate. Viewing is poised to increase as Netflix’s original programming, including a new season of Arrested Development, expands. To put this in realistic terms, we tried to explain what a billion hours means in a way that everyone would understand: In Law & Order terms. Dun dun.
7,042,254 number of times you could watch the first eight seasons of “Law & Order” on Netflix, if given a billion hours; Lennie Briscoe would approve, even though it’s not even half the series
5,128,205 number of times you could watch Christopher “Detective Dreamy” Meloni do his thing on “Law & Order SVU”; unlike the original, Netflix has all twelve seasons source
» Bonus: Criminal Intent! Because a reader asked below about “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” we did the math on that, too. You could watch Vincent D’Onofrio’s meal ticket 7,029,382 times, if given a billion hours.
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Remember how everyone freaked out that Netflix was down over the weekend due to a power outage? There’s a good reason for that: Everyone was more hooked than usual last month. June was the video streaming service’s biggest month ever — they topped a billion viewing hours, according to CEO Reed Hastings, which in layman’s terms is a freaking lot. By those stats, every user watched Netflix streaming 80 minutes a day last month, according to one estimate. Viewing is poised to increase as Netflix’s original programming, including a new season of Arrested Development, expands. To put this in realistic terms, we tried to explain what a billion hours means in a way that everyone would understand: In Law & Order terms. Dun dun.

  • 7,042,254 number of times you could watch the first eight seasons of “Law & Order” on Netflix, if given a billion hours; Lennie Briscoe would approve, even though it’s not even half the series
  • 5,128,205 number of times you could watch Christopher “Detective Dreamy” Meloni do his thing on “Law & Order SVU”; unlike the original, Netflix has all twelve seasons source

» Bonus: Criminal Intent! Because a reader asked below about “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” we did the math on that, too. You could watch Vincent D’Onofrio’s meal ticket 7,029,382 times, if given a billion hours.

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July 6, 2012 // 13:29 // 1 year ago
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  1. valleygirlonceremoved reblogged this from thestoutorialist and added:
    YESSSSSSSSS!
  2. thestoutorialist reblogged this from valleygirlonceremoved and added:
    I could watch Bobby Goren loom and get all in people’s body space for hours
  3. goddessdster reblogged this from thestoutorialist and added:
    I could watch Vincent D’Onofrio 7,029,382 times and never find it enough.
  4. kittybee123 reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    That explains why it was lagging so much at times… haha I totally contributed my share to this though. Forget 80 minutes...
  5. criticaldamag3 reblogged this from shortformblog
  6. revolcon reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Voy a terminar la tesis cuando esta serie termine. Es tan buena, es tan buena, se termina y hay más, y si se termina,...
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  11. thelionesslives reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    some SVU….because...inspiration takes so much.
  12. mypoten reblogged this from shortformblog
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  14. bartlet-administration reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    I’m probably getting pretty close
  15. stepfwd said: I’m pretty sure it was the leap-second? It brought down a lot of sites. Though the huge use probably doesn’t help…
  16. themenagerist reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    From now on, all units of measurements will be converted to the SVU standard. DETECTIVE STABLER COMMANDS IT
  17. daptone said: That’s cool, but way to make it sound like Netflix was down because of usage and not storms bringing down servers.
  18. buntsfromaleftcoastgirl reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Hrm, re-subscribe now? Tempting,...seasons. The original is
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  21. illsharpton reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    MATH for this, I tell ya. MATH.