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This Week in Tech History: Netflix is Born

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris takes us back to when you had to wait by your mailbox if you wanted to watch a Netflix movie.

1897 – Thomas Edison patented his Kinetoscope, that was shown in public for the first time a few months earlier. The kinetoscope was a personal movie projector of sorts and required the user to peer through a small window to see what was on the film.

In 1957 – The Ford Motor Company rolled out the first Edsel automobile. Nearly 111,000 of the cars were built before Ford pulled the plug due to lack of sales. The car was named Edsel for the company founder’s son, Edsel Bryant Ford.

2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA, allowing it to take to the skies.

And this week in 1997 – Netflix was launched as an internet DVD rental service. Now with their own streaming service, as well as TV and film production and distribution services and annual revenue in excess of $11 Billion, we can see how much they’ve grown in 21 years.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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