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After scoring big with original programming hits such as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix seems to have become a victim of its own success. Growing pains in Europe and lower than expected growth in a crowded market culminated in a 26% share price drop in October. Competition is heating up, too, with HBO announcing that its own streaming service will soon become a standalone option for customers. Co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings is not one to give up without a fight, though. After all, he transformed what was a DVD mail-order rental service into a content streaming powerhouse starting in 2007, a move that has paid off handsomely. Now, it’s all about keeping pace. Netflix announced that it will stream all 10 seasons of “Friends” come January, which will surely please binge watchers. —J.A.