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Netflix Highlights Original Content With 1.5M Net Subscriber Adds In Q2

Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) reported paid subscribers ahead of internal estimates for the second quarter.

What Happened: Second-quarter revenue was up 19% year over year to $7.34 billion, which came in just ahead of Street estimates of $7.32 billion. The company’s earnings of $2.97 per share missed estimates of $3.15.

Netflix added 1.54 million paid subscribers in the quarter, up 8.4% year over year. The company finished the quarter with over 209 million paid subscribers. The company saw two-thirds of its global paid net additions come from the APAC region.

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Original Content Strong: Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” was watched by 55 million people in the first 28 days. “Sweet Tooth” had 60 million viewers in the first 28 days. “Fatherhood” had 74 million viewers and “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” had 53 million viewers in the first 28 days.

The company’s unscripted shows “Too Hot to Handle” and “The Circle” had 29 million and 14 million households tune in, respectively, within the first 28 days.

“Army of the Dead” had 75 million viewers and comes as the movie was also released in Cinemark Holdings (NYSE: CNK) theaters a week early. Netflix will release a prequel to the movie in the fourth quarter and a spinoff anime series in 2022.

Netflix highlighted its 129 Emmy Nominations including 24 for “The Crown” and 12 for “Bridgerton” and even brushed off competition from other streaming platforms including the trend of consolidation.

“We don’t believe the consolidation has affected our growth much, if at all,” the company said.

Netflix instead is focusing on competing for screen time from platforms like YouTube, TikTok and Epic Games.

What’s Next: Netflix is forecasting third-quarter revenue of $7.48 billion, up 16.2% year over year. The company sees ending the third quarter with 212.68 million subscribers, which would be a year-over-year increase of 9% and represent the addition of 3.5 million net paid subscribers in the quarter.

NFLX Price Action: Netflix shares are down 1.5% to $522.92 in after-hours trading.

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