Netflix Fan Site Back Running After Hurricane Sandy5 Nov, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Venerable Netflix fan website HackingNetflix.com is again updating users on news and scuttlebutt surrounding the subscription video-on-demand pioneer after being knocked out of commission by Hurricane Sandy.
The site, which is based in Connecticut, in a Nov. 5 post said it suffered power, heat and Internet outages when the storm hit a week ago.
HackingNetflix, which is not officially associated with Netflix, is a small operation run by a software engineer named Mike K. It was instrumental in helping Netflix launch its SVOD business via user feedback and other data metrics, according to “Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs,” a captivating account on the people behind the service’s meteoric rise written by Reuters reporter Gina Keating.
“While we were just inconvenienced, I watched the neighborhood where I worked for six years in New York City flood and coastal neighborhoods from New Jersey to Connecticut be completely destroyed by the storm,” Mike K. wrote in the post. “Now the people that have been hit hard by this storm are facing cold weather, a lack of food and clean water, and seriously need help.”
He advocated people donate to the Red Cross or other charities assisting in disaster relief efforts.