These People Get Paid To Watch Netflix And Are Complaining About It

Have you ever wondered whose job it is to select the thumbnails that pop up whenever your mouse hovers over a Netflix video?Me neither.

I mean, who gives a shit about that at all? Well apparently, now Netflix does. Because two people are majorly suing the company for unfair work practices.

The people whose job it is to watch hours and hours of movies and TV shows and select the best thumbnails, screenshots and short video clips get paid $10 per film or TV show. They are legally considered independent contractors.

This title is important, as companies are not required to provide independent contractors with health benefits, overtime, paid vacation or a 401(k).

Now, one of the primary definitions of independent contractors is they get to set their own hours. But supposedly, Netflix wasn’t having any of that.

Instead, Netflix allegedly implemented strict deadlines and a regimented schedule that lead the two plaintiffs in the case to claim they were working over 40 hours a week.

Because of this, the plaintiffs believe the independent contractor title was illegal. Plus, one of the plaintiffs claims she was swiftly fired by Netflix once she informed the company that her job with it was her main source of income. If so, this could possibly imply it was worried about the possible risk of a lawsuit like this.

The title independent contractor is a legal loophole that manyAmerican companies including Uber and Grubhub have been pushing past its lawfullimits, in order to cut costs.

To make this all even weirder, the project that these employees were involved in is called Project Beetlejuice” by the company. The employees themselves are referred to as juicers.

Presumably, this is in order to distract them with cute wordplay from their borderline unlawful treatment.

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9 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actresses In and Out of Character

Prison scrubs are a tough look to pull off.

The characters in Orange Is the New Black accessorize with neck tattoos, dreadlocks and meth mouth. But the actresses look much different from their mug shots on the red carpet — the comparison might surprise you.

Take a look during your break from binge-watching the second season on Netflix this weekend.

8 Quirky ‘Arrested Development’ Protest Posters

Everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family, the Bluths, are making a highly anticipated return to a Netflix-screening device near you. But first, we remember all the antics that made the Arrested Development gang so entertaining for three seasons.

Antics like Lindsay Bluth Funke’s erratic, yet passionate, devotion to various charities is a fan favorite (can anyone say “Neuter Fest ’98”?). Lindsay’s shenanigans prompted Shutterstock to wonder what causes the other members of the Bluth family would support. The company created posters for each of the characters based on their, let’s just say unique, interests.

Check them out below, and catch the return of Arrested Development on May 26.

George Bluth Sr.

Michael Bluth

Gob Bluth for “Equal Rights for Puppets”

Buster Bluth for “Hook-Handed Awareness”

George Michael Bluth for “Marriage Equality (for Cousins)”

Maeby Funke for “Teenage Executive Rights”

Tobias Funke for “Fire Safety Awareness”

Lucille Bluth (Can’t Be Bothered)

If You’re Doing This With Your Netflix Account, You’re Actually Breaking The Law

Let’s be honest, you’ve probably shared or borrowed a Netflix password at some point in your life, right? It’s OK. I won’t tell anyone.

However, you may want to quit that shit, real quick, because according to reports, three judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit just ruled sharing a Netflix password is indeed a criminal act.

Whoop, whoop, that’s the sound of the police.

The ruling reportedly stems from the latest round of United States v. Nosal, a case involving David Nosal, a headhunter who allegedly left his job at a firm in 2004, but used the password of a person who still worked at the company in order to obtain access to the firm’s database.

United States v. Nosal has apparently been in deliberation for roughly a decade, with rulings and opinions primarily based on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

There was reportedly a prevailing opinion from Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who expressed concern about the decision by the majority to criminalize the sharing of passwords in general.

This is where services like Netflix and HBO Go come into play.

Judge Reinhardt reportedly said,

This case is about password sharing. People frequently share their passwords, notwithstanding the fact that websites and employers have policies prohibiting it.

In my view, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals.

Whether it’s fair or not or even enforceable in the foreseeable future, it doesn’t change the fact you’ve probably broken – and are still breaking – the law.

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Netflix Raises Prices For New Customers, Current Customers Keep Prices For Two Years

New customers will pay $8.99 for streaming, and old customers will get to pay $7.99 for two more years.

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Netflix told customers in an email Friday morning that the price of its streaming video service would go up $1 a month, from $7.99 to $8.99. For current customers, however, the price will stay at the lower $7.99 monthly price for two years, while new customers will pay the higher rate.

The company first announced its intention to alter Netflix’s pricing in January, when it reported its 2013 earnings.

Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive officer, said he was experimenting with offering a range of services with different pricing, including running four streams simultaneously for $11.99 a month. He said that current customers would receive “generous grandfathering of their existing plans and prices.”

In April, Hastings said the company would implement “a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” while current customers would keep their current prices “for a generous time period.” When Netflix raised prices in Ireland last year, existing customers were grandfathered in for two years.

The company’s stock is up $1.15 in early trading to $322.48. After being one of the strongest stocks of 2013 — its price rose 296% — Netflix shares are down 12% on the year.

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If You Love Netflix, You’re Going To Need To Check These Codes Out

Netflix is one of the best little luxuries on the planet. You can stream and watch thousands of movies, TV shows, and excellent documentaries (for hours on end, if you like to binge). The site is pretty much ubiquitous throughout the world.

If you really want to take watching Netflix to the next level, you need to check out these search codes. You see, Netflix is designed to show you certain categories that the service thinks you might like, but the process is always based off of what you have previously viewed. If you know how to use these search codes, you’ll be able to see way more options!

All you need to do is add the code to the end of this URL (where CODE is):

That’s right — binging on Netflix just got even better.

Just try out a few of these codes:

  • 36103 will take you directly to Quirky Romances
  • 4576 will get you to Critically Acclaimed Gory Crime Movies
  • 2443 will show you every John Ritter comedy under the Netflix sun (which, unfortunately, they appear to only have one, currently)

(via Reddit)

For a full list of the codes, click here (and finally learn how to adequately hack your Netflix account). They’re oddly specific — gone are the days of being in the mood for a certain genre but being unable to find any good movies to watch!

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‘I just want to give #Mitt a hug’: Netflix documentary wins over viewers!/brandonkm/status/426906680173936640

Netflix on Friday premiered its exclusive documentary, “Mitt,” which promises “an authentic view the public rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign.” What did viewers take away from this unprecedented access to Mitt Romney and his family?!/jigolden/status/426904326875795457!/TheMandyMoore/status/426871159980707840!/JohnNCNN/status/426906805848244224!/JimmyPrinceton/status/426906268431679488!/JWallentine24/status/426906017666846723!/alisaharris/status/426905489038118912!/palmbeachcajun/status/426904732981272576!/freekbass/status/426904642618814464


Of course, not all were won over by the film.!/adiraval/status/426904038995939328!/vamps0/status/426908433426567168!/jaszilla/status/426902627444879360

Exit question:!/stefpetrop/status/426915470999318528

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