Asked about the looming competition, Hastings said the biggest challenge for Netflix is to “not get too distracted” by rivals but still “learn lessons” from them.

“These are amazing, large, well-funded companies with very significant efforts,” Hastings said. “They are going to do some great shows. I’m going to be envious. They’re going to come up with some great ideas. We’re going to want to borrow those.”

But, he added, “we will make this a better industry if we have great competitors.”

Hastings also said he expected Netflix, like other U.S. technology companies, to be blocked in China “for a long time.”

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