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Netflix Chairman: Disney Is Our Biggest Rival — And Role Model

Reed Hastings talks about the next phase of the TV business while promoting his new book, “No Rules Rules.’

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Photographer: Kwaku Alston/Netflix

Every few months, Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings likes to identify a new competitor to his streaming service. Three years ago, it was sleep. Eight months ago, it was Fortnite. Now, it’s TikTok. 

Hastings has a very broad definition of competition, in that time spent napping, playing video games and walking your dog is time not spent watching Netflix. Yet when I asked him to name his biggest competitor recently, he didn’t mince words.