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37% of Netflix Subscribers Say They Binge-Watch While at Work (netflix.com) 154

On-demand video streaming service Netflix has found that more people than ever are watching video outside their homes. About 67% of people now watch movies and TV shows in public, according to an online survey it commissioned of 37,000 adults around the world. The survey also found that about 37% of Netflix's US subscribers binge-watch shows and movies while at work.
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37% of Netflix Subscribers Say They Binge-Watch While at Work

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  • Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to set up some egress filtering...

    • Re:Sounds like... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, 2017 @09:53AM (#55562131)

      Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to mind their own business. They are not there to police other employees but to ensure service stability.

      This is a management issue or employee issue, not an IT issue.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16, 2017 @09:55AM (#55562155)

        Found the guy that watches Netflix at work.

      • Re:Sounds like... (Score:5, Interesting)

        by TWX ( 665546 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @10:15AM (#55562357)

        Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to mind their own business. They are not there to police other employees but to ensure service stability.

        This is a management issue or employee issue, not an IT issue.

        When the IT department is tasked with such responsibilities, as it's recognized that only the IT department has the technical capability to do the job properly, it can take two approaches. One approach is to filter, the other approach is to log and report. Given that companies are increasingly turning to fully centralized systems that allow one to drill-down from the Internet connection and DNS to the records of the user logged-in to a computer and the process they're running that has initiated that Internet connection. The company can set internal policies as to what behavior is and isn't acceptable, and then can enforce against employees that violate those policies. A defense by an employee claiming that they weren't stopped from said behavior would probably ring-hollow, if the employee acknowledged that the rules say they're not to use the Internet connection for such purposes then they effectively have no defense to being fired for it.

        So which looks better, a simple egress filter that blocks access to something that the employee shouldn't do while at work, or logging and then punishing for violating the rules?

        • Cheaper/Easier generally wins but it also tends to create a plethora of other problems. Case in point: The marketing group of the company I work for had a web store on Second Life back when it was still a thing. But of course Information security blocked the entire domain so there was no way to actually get to the store from the company network.
        • So which looks better, a simple egress filter that blocks access to something that the employee shouldn't do while at work, or logging and then punishing for violating the rules?

          Depends on the work environment. In my line of work, there's a lot of hurry up and wait. I'm expected to be in the office, even during the wait. I'm expected to do the hurry up, even when at night or on a weekend. In this environment if the employee is watching Netflix, and he's getting his job done, it's his bosses call. Punish

          • The problem is that you can only block so much stuff. People who want to find a way to slack off will find a way. Whether it's Netflix, video games, or social networking. It's best just to have a whitelist of sites that people can visit. There's not really that many sites that most employees need to have access to. Most employees, even if they are on a computer all day need almost zero web access. Just have a few computers in the break room where they can slack off at lunch or at break. Once people get

            • Whitelisting would almost certainly not be good for my division of the company. There's too many things we might have to look at. It might work for others.

        • Yes, Work should be like prison. Its a good thing they let us into the yard at night.

          --
          "No woman no cry" - Bob Marley

      • Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to mind their own business. They are not there to police other employees but to ensure service stability.

        This is a management issue or employee issue, not an IT issue.

        If management wants it tracked and reported, it becomes an IT issue.

      • Making sure the company bandwidth is not eaten up by streaming *is* insuring service stability.

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          Whoops, careful their partner. They said they were watching at work, not that they were using the company network. How about down nothing nepotistic managements, the mommy and daddy demand they be at work and stay out of trouble and watch the nobodies to make sure they are not stealing, not that they do any actual work. Not to forget simple customer analysis. So the customer is a worker and it is working hours and hence they are accessing it at work via mobile services.

          No factory workers watching netflix,

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    • by amalcolm ( 1838434 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @09:54AM (#55562145)
      Ironically I tried to follow the link in the TFA, and guess what .. it's blocked from here
      • by kenjo ( 1337603 )
        Does not matter the word wok dose not even exist in the article. and nothing I read indicate that 37% watch at work.
    • And catch up on GoT while they're at it?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Unlimited cell phone data... problem solved.

    • by sqorbit ( 3387991 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @10:05AM (#55562255)
      IT Departments are too busy wasting time on /. to worry about how is watching Netflix.
    • Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to set up some egress filtering...

      It's not a question of egress filtering. I'll bet most of the binge watching is being done on smartphones and tablets using cellular data.

    • > Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to set up some egress filtering...

      Yes. People should not be watching Netflix at work when they should be watching pr0n instead.
    • Re:Sounds like... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by E-Rock ( 84950 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @11:10AM (#55562887) Homepage

      Nope. I don't care if you're watching Netflix, listening to Pandora, or whatever as long as you aren't annoying the people around you and are getting your work done.

      • I'll bet that the business very much cares when their link to the internet gets saturated with streaming media and work can't get done. How do you solve that without filtering or traffic shaping? And who would do such filtering and shaping? IT would.

        So, right back to my first statement.

    • Sounds like a whole lot of IT departments need to set up some egress filtering...

      The amount of time I spent finding ways around (usually successfully) IT firewalls greatly exceeds the amount of time I spend dicking around in more liberated companies. Granted, I'm (as I write this) off task, but less off task.

      Still, watching Netflix at work is a bridge too far. Once you open that particular pandora's box, it gets very hard to contain.

  • by thewolfkin ( 2790519 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @09:57AM (#55562173) Homepage Journal
    There's a difference between watching at work and watching while working. In my department (engineering) there's a lot of people who watch netflix at work I'd say there are about 36-40 people in our office space and I'd say a good 15 of them I see watching netflix maybe 10-12 of them binge. But only 2-3 do it while working. Most people here work and then when they're off the clock or on their lunch break they binge a few episodes of Friends or oddly enough lately Full House. I swear to you 1st gen people have the oddest tastes in American television. The third genners are typically watching random netflix anime or the hyper shows but the first gen guys and girls it's Friends and Full House. I'd have thought The office would be showing up all the time but not since last year for whatever reason.
    • by mark-t ( 151149 ) <(markt) (at) (nerdflat.com)> on Thursday November 16, 2017 @10:45AM (#55562677) Journal

      When I first read the headline, I was thinking that these people should probably be fired, but you've raised a good point. At the place where I used to work, my supervisor would quite routinely watch Netflix during his lunch break, while eating at his desk, and there was nothing wrong with it.

      The office floor plan there was open, so it's not like he was in a private place where nobody could see what he was doing either.

    • Do you mean Fuller House? That could be why they watch Full House as well, or they're old enough to have been kids when it was on the first time.

      • Nope. a first generation Indian immigrant watching FullHouse. that's why it's so stranger. I understand the ones who watch Friends and the ones who watch The Office it's just this one dude who watches the original Full House. I haven't care enough to ask him but I notice.
  • Television at work (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Baron_Yam ( 643147 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @10:02AM (#55562223)

    >37% of Netflix's US subscribers binge-watch shows and movies while at work.

    Yep. It happens here all the time - we have a big pipe, and it's paid for even if we max it out. There are people who watch on breaks, on lunch, or if they're in a position that requires them to be physically present waiting for an issue to occur but doesn't offer much opportunity to do other work while waiting (we only have a couple of those positions, so far as I'm aware).

    The company only cares if it affects business so if business apps are affected, IT throttles or blocks as necessary. If users are watching videos when they're supposed to be working, eventually there's a complaint and it's handled by HR (hasn't happened yet, to the best of my knowledge).

  • Could they drop a few more references to Netflix shows, please? Maybe creep us out with Frank Underwood/Kevin Spacey or make an Arrested Development pun? I'm not sure I can stomach a normal sentence anymore. /s

    Also, only Netflix would be this concerned with people getting spoiled watching over the shoulders of others.
  • In other news (Score:5, Interesting)

    by steveo777 ( 183629 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @10:06AM (#55562261) Homepage Journal

    37% of Netflix subscribers abruptly cancelled their accounts citing sudden lack of employment.

    I can't watch stuff and do real work, but some years ago I had a crappy job that required no brain power, and I binged (using a USB drive and portable VLC) all sorts of shows and movies. I was a top performer consistently in my department and basically had to spend a lot of time NOT working to keep them from upping the workload on everyone else, who somehow couldn't keep up with their heads down all day.

    • by TWX ( 665546 )

      37% of Netflix subscribers abruptly cancelled their accounts citing sudden lack of employment.

      Having been acquainted with my share of people that fit this model, they're not exactly known for making good decisions, so no, they probably wouldn't cancel their netflix subscriptions if they were rendered unemployed.

    • Used to work for a company where it took 40 minutes just to link everything together. They did a study, maxed out everyone's RAM, and got it down to 20 minutes. Netflix wasn't streaming back then so we played flash games.
    • I can't watch stuff and do real work

      Even you seasoned hard overworking American doesn't do "real work" 100% of the time while they are "at work". Despite your few employee benefits you generally do still get lunch breaks.

  • It is all the fault of the build management group. All projects are created with insane dependencies, no hierarchy, completely flat architecture of every source file depends on every header, and just declaring the function prototype triggers insane amount of recompilations ... Just the other day the clean rebuild took as long as it would have taken to watch Chennai Express, BK, Secret Superstar, Bahubali I and Bahubali II

    Well, that is my story and I am sticking to it. https://xkcd.com/303/ [xkcd.com]

  • Of course we do! Need a break from Slashdot once in a while!
  • could be if they did their jobs instead of fucking off. Nope instead they choose to watch Netflix and dick around and then complain when they get passed by for promotions and raises.

  • Louis C.K. 2017 playing now on Netflix. From the description: Louis C.K. is ready to get down to business with his latest comedy special. A reminder of what can happen when "you're supposed to be working". Be sure to catch Louis next week at Denny's in Puyallup, Washington.
  • Now, first off, I wonder who these folks are, because most of my friends and acquaintances can't do that. Now binge watching Netflix on their hour+ commute to work...sure.

    But everyone talking about infrastructure, is probably missing the fact that most of these folks are probably watching on their own phones. NOT on their work machines.

  • I hope IT managers and other people in management positions allow this, and not clamp down on videoing while working. I personally love doing this, I mostly pick stuff that I can just listen to and occasionally glance at the video if it calls my attention. It's a great way to make the day go faster, much like listening to music or the radio, which gets a bit old after a while. It's nice to have a larger selection of 'background noise.' that Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, and all other dole out.

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