This is what happens when you hit that Play button:
Hundreds of microservices, or tiny independent programs, work together to make one large Netflix service.
Content legally acquired or licensed is converted into a size that fits your screen, and protected from being copied.
Servers across the world make a copy of it and store it so that the closest one to you delivers it at max quality and speed.
When you select a show, your Netflix app cherry picks which of these servers will it load the video from.
You are now gripped by Frank Underwood’s chilling tactics, given depression by BoJack Horseman’s rollercoaster life, tickled by Dev in Master of None and made phobic to the future of technology by the stories in Black Mirror. And your lifespan decreases as your binge watching turns you into a couch potato.