Netflix warns price rises to hit subscriber growth


Netflix produced The Crown whose third series stars Oscar winner Olivia ColmanImage copyright
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Netflix produced The Crown whose third series stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman

Netflix expects subscriber growth to slow in the second quarter as the film and TV streaming firm continues to roll out price rises.

The company reported strong sales and profits for the first quarter, including 9.6 million new subscribers

However, Netflix expects that number to slow between April and June.

The company is lifting its prices across the US, Brazil, Mexico and some parts of Europe to help fund the production of its own content.

Eric Haggstrom, forecasting analyst at eMarketer, said the revenues generated by the price increases will help Netflix differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded industry.

The company has produced a number of critically films and series including The Crown and the Oscar nominated Roma.

Most recently, Disney and Apple separately announced that they will be launching their own rival streaming services.

Netflix said it is “excited to compete” with its new rivals, adding: “We don’t anticipate that these new entrants will materially affect our growth.”

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Disney is launching its own streaming service

But in the meantime, it expects to see some “modest short-term churn” in subscribers which will fall 8% to five million compared to 5.4 million in the second quarter last year.

Netflix said that for the first three months of the year, profits rose to $344m compared to the same period last year, with sales up 22% to $4.5bn.

While total revenue is expected to increase to $4.9bn in the second quarter, income growth is forecast to slow to $249m.

Netflix said it is looking forward to a “strong slate of global content” in the second half of the year including the third series of The Crown, this time starring Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II and Stranger Things.



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