Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Where next as paid subscribers hit 167 million — Netflix share price

Where next as paid subscribers hit 167 million — Netflix share price

Bottom-line results also trended up - with operating income rising 62% in FY19 - to US$2.6 billion.

Netflix said more than 21 million member households watched the new season of "The Crown", up 40% from the second season over the same time period.

Netflix investors have been grappling with whether the company's days of reliable growth are over.

In Netflix's investor video, chief financial officer Spencer Neumann said the company was focused on growing its global footprint, even as the pricing in certain markets is lower than in the U.S. That investment extends to content: chief content officer Ted Sarandos said investment in local programming, particularly in Japan and Korea, had the potential to pay off not just in those markets but globally.

As its first CEO, Randolph said he realized his company might actually be a success when Netflix was featured as a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle.

It's only going to get tougher.

The Disney+ service launched in the United States and Canada on November 12 for $7 per month and $13 a month for a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu; it reached 10 million sign-ups on its first day.

Still, it's unlikely to be a smooth road for Netflix.

Monthly subscriptions are the only option when it comes to Netflix, so numbers can fluctuate wildly from one quarter to the next, based on whether subscribers will stick with the service they know or drop their subscription to try a new service.

Analysts believe Netflix will report adjusted fourth-quarter earnings of 52 cents a share on revenue of $5.45 billion, according to Refinitiv.

"We are working hard to improve our service to combat these factors", it said in a letter to shareholders.

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Netflix's conventional financial metrics also exhibited good growth during the quarter. Netflix is counting on its history, satisfied subscribers, and new content to continue being successful among the competition.

The subscriber growth matched Netflix's performance from the fourth quarter a year prior.

To help give itself an edge, Netflix will likely use one major advantage over competitors - it's trove of user data.

The subscribers added in the fourth quarter of 2019 bring the streaming platform to a total of 167m subscribers worldwide.

Netflix plans to release more than 100 seasons of local language programming next year.

The market does odd things sometimes. The company is also experimenting with different pricing plans in Asia.

Netflix has said it planned to invest $15 billion on content in 2019. But the company said this past year will mark the high-water mark in terms of its cash burn.

The company reported profit of $587 million on revenue of $5.47 billion, exceeding expectations.

Netflix co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph told FOX Business' Stuart Varney on Tuesday that "internet television" today is truly the future. But shares rebounded and held steady soon after. The company's shares climbed 4.5 per cent so far this year before the close.

Pachter says Comcast, Fox, Disney and Warner Bros. accounted for roughly 60-65 percent of Netflix viewing hours in 2019, and predicts most of that content will "migrate away" over the next several years, triggering domestic subscriber losses. "Yet the breadth of its content and a compelling value proposition will make it hard for new entrants like Disney+ to unseat the company".

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