WORLD - Which Countries Binge Netflix Most?

Arno Froese

A new study by Comparitech has analyzed the viewing history of nearly 25,000 Netflix users across 46 countries—and the results may come as a surprise.

Central and South American countries dominated the list in all categories, with users in Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Colombia scoring highest with 101-115 thousand minutes (70-80 days) on average spent watching Netflix since signing up to the streaming service. The report appears to cover the period since lockdowns began a year ago.

Next on the list are subscribers in Canada, Brazil, US, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, France and Sweden, in that order, who spend from 66 down to 51 days watching Netflix TV series and movies.

Last on the list, with the least days spent on Netflix, are countries in Central and Eastern Europe, including Hungary, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia.

And where does the average Israeli stand in comparison?

Israel falls somewhere in between, coming in 32nd on the list, with 41 days on average.

Alternative streaming services give observant Jewish households in Israel the option to censure or skip content that is considered immodest. Last year, the Tov TV service, dubbed the “kosher Netflix,” was introduced and pitched primarily to observant Jews who follow the religious laws of modesty.

Netflix subscriptions and overall time streaming around the world surged during the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns that it entailed. During the first three months of 2020, according to Forbes, 15.77 million new subscribers joined Netflix, with another 10.09 million joining between April and June., 31 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

Internet-based technology is a two-edged sword. One can easily study the most diverse subjects and receive quick and reliable answers to complex questions. 

But the other side shows man’s dependence on these services, clearly exhibited by Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia, where people spend 70-80 days watching content that in most cases is frivolous. 

It is of interest that Israel has taken steps with their “kosher Netflix” to preserve modesty. Yet in the end, the whole world will be enveloped by its own creation, leading to the fulfillment of Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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