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Netflix Has Something to Share With You

Rick Aristotle Munarriz
December 8, 2011

Lost in Netflix's (Nasdaq: NFLX  ) September of muck was a move that would integrate sharing Netflix data through Facebook. The offering went live in 43 of the 44 countries where Netflix offers its video streaming service. The long holdout was the United States.

It wasn't that Netflix didn't want to incorporate this viral and sticky feature in its largest market. An outdated law from the 1980s just didn't make it possible legally. The situation wasn't widely publicized, largely because this materialized just days after the Qwikster fiasco.

Well, Facebook sharing should soon be available in all 44 of Netflix's markets.

H.R. 2471 -- the House bill that Netflix was asking subscribers to get behind back in September -- cleared its first hurdle. The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill that will allow sharing as long as a service obtains prior consent. If the Senate follows through, we