Did you think that all of your movies were shoved into those little red envelopes using a huge array of machines? Up until today, we thought that much of the Netflix system was ran by software and machinery, but as it turns out, a lot of manual human labor goes into the Netflix shipping cycle.
At the Netflix plant in Northborough, Massachusetts, about 50 employees sort through and repackage DVDs, manually deciding which are fit for recirculation. Employees sift through about 700 discs an hour. Some of the depots have repackaging machines which can stuff around 3,000 envelopes an hour, but many are still done manually. Save the Netflix crew some work and start streaming all the movies you can. More action after the jump.