Netflix pulls an Elon Musk, launches video into 'space'

CNET | 3/13/2018 | Amanda Kooser
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This Netflix-equipped iPhone took a ride on a weather balloon.

You can get Netflix in nearly 200 countries around the world, but getting it off the planet is a little more difficult.

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Inspired by "a well-known spacefaring industrialist" (that's got to be Elon Musk and his recent SpaceX rocket launches), Netflix employees figured out how to watch the streaming service's videos in "space."

Netflix hosts a series of Hack Days that let employees knock off work to create fun experiments and test unusual projects within 24 hours. One of the Hack Day Winter 2018 teams sent Netflix high into the air on board a meteorological balloon.

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The helium-filled balloon got to an altitude of 115,000 feet (35,000 meters), which isn't exactly a trip to space, but is high enough to see the Earth's curvature and the darkness beyond. We'll allow some hyperbole because the project is so cool.

The Netflix team downloaded video content to an iPhone and set up a GoPro camera to watch the screen and catch the view of Earth below.

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The system included heaters to keep the batteries functioning in...
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