Netflix Hack Day — Winter 2015

by Daniel Jacobson, Ruslan Meshenberg, Matt McCarthy, and Leslie Posada

Last week, we hosted the latest Netflix Hack Day. Hack Day is a way for our product development teams to get away from everyday work. It’s a fun, experimental, collaborative, and creative outlet.

This time, we had about 70 hacks that were produced by more than 150 engineers and designers. We shared a few examples below to give you a taste, and you can see some of our past hacks in our posts for Feb. 2014 & Aug. 2014:

Note that while we think these hacks are very cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day. We are surfacing them here publicly to share the spirit of the event.

Thanks to all of the hackers for putting together some incredible work in just 24 hours. If you’re interested in being a part of our next Hack Day, let us know by checking out our jobs site!

Netflix Earth

Netflix Earth is an animated 3D globe showing real-time global playback activity.

by Jeff Butsch and Seth Katz

BEEP (Binge Encouragement and Enforcement Platform)

BEEP actively and abrasively encourages users to continue watching Netflix when their attention starts to stray.

by Ben Hagen


In a world… where devices proliferate… darNES digs back in time to provide Netflix access to the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

by Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe, and Carenina Motion

Say Whaaat!!!

Say Whaaat!!! provides a more convenient way to to catch missed dialogue as you watch Netflix by displaying subtitles when you pause playback. It also provides the ability to navigate a film’s timeline, caption by caption.

by Joey Cato and Adnan Abbas

Net the Netflix Cheats

Don’t let your partners watch when you aren’t around. Net the Netflix Cheats requires dual PIN access to watch titles that you and your partner have agreed to watch together.

by Kedar Sadekar and Sathish Sridharan

And here are some pictures taken during the event.

Originally published at on March 9, 2015.