Revenue grew to US$4.19 billion, shy of the US$4.21 billion projection from analysts.
Clips from the company's collection of stock footage and other media are found in TV and documentary series produced by major news and entertainment companies including Disney, Netflix, the Discovery Channel and the BBC, according to its website. Worldwide subscribers added on another 7.3 million, crushing estimates of 6.14 million.
Once Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin became aware that footage of the disaster was being used this way-first on the Netflix series Travelers and later on Bird Box-she called upon the company to remove it.
And with premium subscriptions now sitting at $16 per month, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Netflix could eventually charge $20 per month for the ability to stream 4K content in the future.
A Disney streaming service might grow to account for tens of millions of hours of USA television viewing over the course of several years, but that is out of a dizzying amount of total time spent watching, Hastings said during an earnings presentation. The notion that 11 million subscribers will bolt with a small $1 increase just doesn't seem plausible.
For the current quarter, Netflix expects EPS of 56 cents on revenue of $4.49 billion compared with Wall Street's estimates of 82 cents revenue of $4.61 billion.
Thriller series You and United Kingdom young-adult show Sex Education - both which have generated significant buzz recently - were watched by 40 million member households. The streamer estimated it would add 8.9 million paid subscribers globally, well above Wall Street estimates of 8.5 million. "The analyst reiterated an "overweight" rating on Netflix shares and set a $450 per share price target".
The blitz of original content comes as Disney has stopped supplying new movies to Netflix in order to stock its own streaming service planned for later this year. Pachter told Business Insider what he'd need to see from the company to view the streaming platform more positively. "We don't get so focused on any one competitor and really think our best way is to win more time by having the best experiences".
It forecast first-quarter revenue of $4.49 billion, slightly behind analysts' average estimate of $4.61 billion.
The company released its massively popular dystopian movie "Bird Box" in late December, which helped attract a record 8.8 million new paid streaming customers in the fourth quarter.
Still, most of Netflix's growth is coming from overseas. Analysts are expecting earnings of United States dollars 82 cents per share on revenue of USD 4.61 Billion.