Netflix ships billionth DVD

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Netflix Inc. delivered its 1 billionth DVD over the weekend, marking another milestone in the Internet rental service’s evolution from a peculiar dot-com to a marquee attraction in millions of homes. It took Netflix nearly 7 years to mail out 1 billion DVDs – about seven months less than it took McDonald’s Corp. to sell 1 billion hamburgers after opening its first restaurant in April 1955. To commemorate the occasion, Netflix is awarding a lifetime subscription to the Helotes, Texas, customer who received the 1billionth DVD shipped from one of the LosGatos-based company’s 42 distribution centers nationwide. Netflix didn’t identify the recipient because of its privacy policies but did reveal the title of the landmark DVD – “Babel,” one of the Best Picture nominees in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. The Oscars play a big role in shaping the rental requests of Netflix’s 6.3 million subscribers. “Crash,” the Best Picture winner at last year’s Academy Awards, ranks as the most frequently requested DVD from Netflix’s library of more than 70,000 titles. “Million Dollar Baby,” the 2005 Best Picture winner, is the fifth-most-requested rental. But it doesn’t necessarily take a prestigious award to become a big hit on Netflix. The service’s second-most rented DVD is “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” a less acclaimed flick best known for sparking an off-screen affair between stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. – Associated Press last_img read more

Exclusive – Parlour: Arsenal must find their own Matic

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour has implored Arsene Wenger to sign a player just like Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.The Serbian midfielder has been a huge success since his return to Stamford Bridge in January with many putting the Blues’ title charge this season down to his imperious displays in front of their defence.And with the Gunners struggling in that department this season, Parlour believes buying a player with similar attributes could work wonders for Wenger.“They’ve got to get that balance right,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “It’s alright having all these great players and saying, ‘there are going to be goals today’, but they’ve been conceding too many as well.“They’ve got to get the right sort of players in and I know he [Arsene Wenger] tries to play either Mathieu Flamini in there or Mikel Arteta, if he’s fit, as a holding midfielder but they’re not like a [Nemanja] Matic for Chelsea who can just shield that back-four. That’s what they’re missing at the moment.“If they can get the right player, maybe in January – who knows, it’s very hard to buy the top players in January – then maybe it will change Arsenal’s season.”last_img read more