The problem with streaming video to different devices — computers, tablets, phones, and whatever else — is that they all demand subtly different streams if they’re to look their best. If you’re Netflix, which streams to 900 different types of device, that leaves you with some serious work to do.
According to Netflix, it has to encode each and every movie it offers in 120 different ways. Add to that the crowd sourcing of subtitles, global variation in titles and formats, and an armful of other problems, and the work Netflix has to go to makes £6 a month seem even better value. The video above was used at a Netflix recruitment fair — but gives a decent insight into how its video wends its way from Hollywood to your tablet. [GigaOm]