One winner from the shutdown: Netflix?

Well, Netflix's stock sure started looking good on the eve of the government shutdown.

Boom! (Yahoo!)

Yeah, it might have something to do with a sweet distribution deal with a Swedish cable company. And sure, there's the dramatic shift toward online streaming as the modern way of consuming content, not to mention the infectious tech stock optimism around Twitter's IPO.

But we suspect 800,000 workers suddenly being off the job, maybe catching up on old "West Wing" episodes, couldn't hurt either.

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Lydia DePillis is a reporter focusing on labor, business, and housing. She previously worked at The New Republic and the Washington City Paper. She's from Seattle.
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