It’s always cool when big tech companies hold internal hackathons. Not only does it provide a great way for employees to have some outside-the-box fun, it can sometimes result in some rather interesting breakthroughs. Facebook, for instance, has at times implemented features that were initially brainstormed and created during company-wide hackathons.
Looking to get in on the hacking fun, a team of four Netflix engineers recently worked some of their engineering magic and managed to get a video stream up and running on an ancient Philco Predicta TV from the 1950s. While the Philco company went out of business more than 50 years ago, the original Predicta form factor, complete with a swiveling screen, has long been an iconic and recognizable design.