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Netflix posts record first quarter with almost 10 million new subscribers

By Humza ยท 4 replies
Apr 17, 2019
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  1. Netflix on Tuesday published its first-quarter earnings report boasting an addition of 9.6 million new paying subscribers. Regarding it as a "phenomenal start," Chief Executive Reed Hastings highlighted the achievement in a video interview on what was a record addition of subscribers for a single quarter in the company's history.

    Strong investment in international territories paid big dividends for the company, which saw 7.6 million new subscribers compared to just 1.74 million from the US, reaching a total of 148.66 million viewers globally.

    Original programming, the jewel in Netflix's streaming crown, saw the biggest success with the likes of Triple Frontier watched by over 52 million subscribers and Umbrella Academy bringing in 45 million viewers.

    Addressing the upcoming competition from Disney and Apple, a letter to the investors acknowledged both companies as "world class consumer brands" but noted that "we're excited to compete" and termed content creators and consumers as the "clear beneficiaries" in what is surely going to become a fragmented viewership experience in the future. The Hollywood streaming wars also led Netflix to predict an addition of 5 million new subscribers for the upcoming quarter (April to June), below the industry analysts' expectation of 5.48 million.

    Disney, dropping Netflix as its major paying customer and poised to take down all its content from the latter by 2019 in favor of its own Disney+ subscription service, is reportedly spending billions in setting up shop. Apple also recently unveiled Apple TV+, its own effort to take a piece of the streaming pie.

    What do you think the future of streaming holds for content creators and consumers? Let us know in the comments.

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  2. m-tec

    m-tec TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +15

    Until you can get USA content in the UK, not interested in Netflix
     
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 693   +331

    So stupid that other english speaking countries have limitations.
    Netflix would be so much more profitable if they had one package for all.
     
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,567   +1,928

    AFAIK, it is not up to Netflix. Netflix has to negotiate the rights for content in various regions of the world. If someone else has those rights and they are exclusive, there is little they can do about it.

    As an example of regional rights in the US, we have been able to get BritBox for a while now which has exclusive rights to Classic Doctor Who. Before that, Netflix and Hulu both had Classic DW, though Hulu's collection was substantially more complete. Now, however, neither Netflix or Hulu have Classic DW because the exclusive rights to it are owned by BritBox.

    As I see it, a similar situation applies to Netflix, and once the Disney streaming service goes live, Netflix will no longer be able to air any Disney content in the US, at least. Same thing with any other licensed content no matter who owns it.
     
  5. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 225   +60

    Netflix needs to split up or it will go down soon!
     

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