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November 04, 2015

Arbitration clauses aren't the only thing found buried in the Terms of Use Agreement.

Recently it has come out that Netflix has an arbitration clause in the fine print of the terms of service agreement deeming them immune to any legal action taken against any unknown charges that may be added to the consumer’s bill.

After hearing about this I decided to do a little investigating of my own by doing the unthinkable: Reading that baby from TOP TO BOTTOM! Turns out, Netflix has a ton of crazy Sh*t hidden in the fine print. Who knew??

Below are some of the Terms of Use I copy and pasted directly from the Netflix website:


Your Netflix membership may start with a free trial. The free trial period of your membership lasts for one month, or as otherwise specified during sign-up. Netflix reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to determine your free trial eligibility.

PAYMENTS ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR PARTIALLY USED PERIODS. Following any cancellation, however, you will continue to have access to the service through the end of your current billing period.

Netflix owns the rights to the popular term “Netflix and Chill” and anyone who uses it without properly siting it in a detailed bibliography will be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.

Bodily Harm:
i. It has been rumored that Hyenas are attracted to the smell of the mailable Netflix sleeve. NETFLIX IS IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BODILY HARM CAUSED IF AT ANY TIME DURING YOUR MEMBERSHIP YOU ARE ATTACKED BY A PACK OF ANGRY HYENAS. Dems da rules.

ii. If any other animal attacks you while watching Netflix please see the above clause.

Reed’s Corner:
i. If at any time the consumer complains about the longevity of availability the classic film ‘You Me and Dupree’ has had on Instant Netflix, your membership will result in an immediate blacklisting. Mr. Hastings is an avid slacker comedy fan with the Owen Wilson classic at number one on his list of favorites.

ii. “Screw Blockbuster. I hate Blockbuster. I’m glad that we (Netflix) single handedly ran them out of business. That was the whole reason I came up with the idea of mailing Dvds in the first place! Suck on that creator of Blockbuster! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!” - Reed Hastings

Pretty chilling stuff. The last one wasn’t even a warning, it was clearly just a rant from Reed Hastings on how much he hates Blockbuster – Moral of the story: always read the fine print, because it just may prevent you from getting sued or thinking Netflix will cover your medical bills on the off chance you are attacked by a pack of Hyenas.