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  • Americans Hate Tingle: As with the other video streaming services, Netflix has been slow to catch on in Japan, where people still prefer physical media by a wide margin.
  • Archive Binge:
    • Happens to basically everyone with a subscription, especially when they first join or when the entirety of one of their favorite shows is made available.
    • A Netflix executive stated in 2013 that users of Internet video on demand "would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace," according to an article in Deadline.
  • First Installment Wins:
    • As far as animations, no series Netflix produced so far has been more acclaimed, both among the public and the critics, than its very first one, Bojack Horseman. This is not to say, however, that other animations haven't been well received, like Castlevania (2017), Voltron: Legendary Defender and F is for Family are also extremely well received series, with some nice fanbases.
    • The same thing happened to comedies. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was even called "the first great comedy of the streaming era" by a review, while some were well received, no other comedy has gotten the same level of praise than that first one. Downplayed in regards to distributed series, as The Good Place has also received a similar level of critical and public acclaim, but Netflix isn't producing it, just distributing it in other countries.
  • Funny Moments: Netflix Live, the 2017 April Fools day gag which consisted of bizarre, rambling commentary by Will Arnett over mundane videos.
  • Internet Backdraft: Despite Netflix becoming a mainstream cultural phenomenon in The New '10s, there are still some groups of people who have some major gripes with it.
    • Netflix has a poor reputation in the Linux community. With the exception of Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Android, Netflix for a long time did not support Linux because they didn't trust the open-source version of their DRM, Moonlight. The fact that top dogs of Netflix also share company seats with Microsoft doesn't help matters either. For Linux users who can't stomach Chrome on Ubuntu, the only option was to either dual-boot their machines, run a Windows version of Firefox and Silverlight on top of a super specialized version of WINE, or run a Windows VM. However, this has largely been alleviated with their commitment to support HTML5 video, with the DRM plugin created for Ubuntu and Chrome OS working fine on any Linux distro that has access to Google Chrome. It's still not perfect, since Netflix limits Chrome, the only browser Linux users can use, to 720p quality, while only browsers exclusive to other OS's get playback at higher qualities, but it's better than how it used to be.
    • Netflix also has a poor reputation among disabled customers due to their slowness in implementing many important accessibility features. For a good while, they offered no form of subtitles or closed captioning on any of their content. When they finally implemented them, they weren't on all content and were often full of errors. It took them even longer for them to add audio descriptions for blind customers, which they finally introduced, rather fittingly, with Daredevil in 2015.
    • Netflix often denies content to customers in certain regions due to licensing agreements, (For example, American viewers can watch Arrow, The Flash (2014) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, while Europeans can't) which naturally hurts its popularity in those countries, especially since Netflix announced that it will block proxies.
    • The licensing of any current running anime are not look fondly as Netflix will not air it while it's currently airing but on a later date.
    • During the fall of 2011, the company hiked up the prices of their rentals. Considering the timing of this happened around the same time of the mass Blockbuster closures, you can imagine how well this went over.
    • The decision to limit Netflix accounts from 1 to 4 devices (depending on the price plan) to watch earned a lot of ire, especially as Netflix could be previously watched on an unlimited number of devices. Adding to that is that the same plan system also downgrades video quality on lower tier plans - the cheapest plan only allows one device and enhanced definition video with HD and 4K videos appropriately degraded, the highest plan allows 4 devices in glorious 4K- which is a disservice to people who watch Netflix on any device with a HD or better display but only need an account for one device.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Netflix and chill" has become slang for a casual hookup, meaning Netflix has acquired the same connotations as the Drive-In Theater of yesteryear.
  • Misblamed: Netflix's announcement that they are aiming for 50% of their library to be original content by 2018 caused quite the stir for those who feel that Netflix would be better served focusing on acquiring more licenses rather than produce original material. Of course, this is coming off the heels of Disney announcing they plan to pull all their content by 2019, Warner Bros. launching their own service in 2018, and CBS keeping the highly anticipated Star Trek: Discovery series exclusive to their own streaming service. With so many companies now keeping their content on their own services, it was only inevitable that Netflix would have to increase production of their own original content.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The "chime" that plays whenever someone gets on the site as of 2015, which also plays before a Netflix-original program begins airing. It's rather loud and can come off more like a Scare Chord to someone unprepared.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In late 2017, Netflix tweeted, "To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?" The idea of Netflix tracking exactly what they watched did not sit well with a lot of users.
  • Protection from Editors: The appeal of Netflix original series to both creators and viewers is that they're relatively free of the censorship and Executive Meddling of network TV.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Not a big reaction, but the logo change in 2014 was met with many people mourning the original one. It's basically a simple change of making it red letters on white rather than white letters on red. However, as many people have pointed out, this simple change also makes the Iconic Logo somewhat less recognizable to people who are quickly scrolling through their apps and instinctively looking for the color of red instead of white.
    • In a meta-sense, the removal of "Doctor Who" as of February 1, 2016. Many fans of the show have been complaining about the removal of the long-running Sci-Fi series from Netflix and other service providers such as Hulu and Amazon Prime. However this may be the case of Executive Meddling as there are rumors that BBC plans to release Doctor Who on their own streaming service- which they eventually backtracked and made Doctor Who available exclusively over only Amazon Prime in the US instead after a sudden scraping of the plans to launch iPlayer worldwidenote . Bad enough that this deal only applies to the US while other regions can still get Doctor Who over Netflix.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Many have begun jokingly comparing the new logo change to that of Dexter.

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