Netflix subscribers grew by 8.76 million in Q3, totaling 247.15 million by the end of the fiscal period September 30.
In July, Netflix reported paid subscribers increased by 5.89 million in Q2, rising to 238.39 million global subscribers (up 8% year over year). Analysts had projected the streamer gaining 1.769 million new subscribers in the quarter ended June 30 — the period in which Netflix began notifying customers in the U.S. and other countries that users on their accounts who live outside their households would need to be added as an “extra member” (or pay for their own subscriptions).
Netflix stopped reporting projected subscriber growth in its quarterly financials at the start of 2023.
Throughout the third quarter, Netflix — along with the rest of Hollywood — saw the effects of the now-ended writers strike and still ongoing actors strike on its production operations.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos was among the top media execs who sat in on the final week of negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in an effort to reach an agreement, which was struck Sept. 24 after a 146-day work stoppage. Actors union SAG-AFTRA is still on strike and was unable to broker a deal with the AMPTP during their most recent negotiations last week.
Wall Street forecast earnings per share (EPS) of $3.49 on $8.54 billion in revenue, according to analyst consensus data provided by Refinitiv. Netflix reported adjusted EPS of $3.73 on $8.54 billion in revenue.
Netflix stock closed Wednesday at $345.91 per share. The regular U.S. stock markets will reopen Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Co-CEOs Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters and other Netflix executives will discuss the quarter in greater detail in a pre-recorded interview with a media analyst, which is set to go live on YouTube at 6 p.m. ET.
More to come…