What Netflix "patented" is nothing more than the REALLY OLD business of the "lending library" or "subscription library". The only difference between Netflix and the British company Hatchard's is that Netflix uses a computer to maintain the requests and the queue.
Hatchard's would mail books to customers and when the book came back, ship the next one. You had a list of the books you wanted on file with them. They even offered different plans, with expats in the colonies signing up for plans that dumped a hundred books or so every time a boat arrived, and those in London settling for the one book at a time plans.
The first implementation of this plan in the New world was done by Ben Franklin, who was also the first supervisor of the Patent Office.
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