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Netflix pulls in 5.2 million new subscribers

Netflix pulls in 5.2 million new subscribers in Q2'17, breaking through the 100 million subscriber mark with strong revenues and earnings

By Derek Strickland on Jul 18, 2017 02:14 pm CDT - 1 min, 44 secs reading time

Netflix has announced strong second quarter earnings, causing stocks to rally due to strong subscription growth.

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Streaming juggernaut Netflix continues to grow: the company recently announced that it broke the 100 million subscriber barrier in its second quarter, with 104 million current members. Netflix reports boosts in revenues and subscribers, but weathered a 50% drop in operating income.

The titan raked in $2.78 billion in total revenues in the three month period ending June 30, 2017, up 32.3% year-over-year from Q2'16. Perhaps the most impressive jump is how many new subscribers Netflix earned--the company beat Wall Street's outlandish estimates by pulling in 5.2 million new subscribers during the quarter, or more than 200% more new subscribers year-over-year.

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Total paid memberships in Q2'17 reached 99.03 million, up 5.91% quarter-over-quarter, and 18% year-over-year. Total memberships for the quarter reached 103.95 million, up 5.26% QoQ and an impressive 24.96% YoY.

These results caused Netflix shares to jump $16.82 to $178.55 in after-hours trading, Reuters reports, surpassing its all-time high of $166.87 in early June.

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The company also announced that international streaming has surpassed domestic streaming in the United States for the first time. "Our international segment now accounts for 50.1% of our total membership base," the company said in a letter to shareholders.

"Our quarterly guidance is our internal forecast at the time we report and we strive for accuracy. In Q2, we underestimated the popularity of our strong slate of content which led to higher-than-expected acquisition across all major territories. As a result, global net adds totaled a Q2-record 5.2 million (vs. forecast of 3.2m) and increased 5% sequentially, bucking historical seasonal patterns. For the first six months of 2017, net adds are up 21% year-on-year to 10.2m," the company said in the same letter to shareholders and investors.

Netflix predicts strong growth for next quarter, and the full fiscal year of 2017, with a slate of quality content on the horizon.

Derek Strickland

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

NEWS SOURCE:ir.netflix.com

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