Netflix back on track in India


Learning from the success in India, Netflix reduced prices in an additional 116 countries in Q1…reports Asian Lite News

A significant price reduction in subscription tiers in India has helped Netflix grow engagement in the country by nearly 30 per cent (year on year) in the first quarter of 2023, the streaming giant has announced.

Over time, Netflix has adapted our prices to meet local needs and to further deepen its penetration, it lowered prices in India by 20-60 per cent in December 2021.

“These reductions — combined with an improved slate — helped grow engagement in India by nearly 30 per cent year on year while F/X neutral revenue growth in 2022 accelerated to 24 per cent (versus 19 per cent in 2021),” the company said in its March quarter earnings late on Tuesday.

Learning from the success in India, Netflix reduced prices in an additional 116 countries in Q1.

“While they represented less than 5 per cent of our FY22 revenue, we believe that increasing adoption in these markets will help to maximise our revenue longer term,” said Netflix.

The company registered $8.16 billion in revenue during Q1 2023, slightly lower than the market expectations.

However, the company reported higher-than-expected earnings of $2.88 per share in Q1.

APAC revenue grew 2 per cent year over year and average paid memberships increased 17 per cent.

“Given current healthy performance and trajectory of our per-member advertising economics, particularly in the US, we’re upgrading our ads experience with more streams and improved video quality to attract a broader range of consumers,” said the streaming platform.

Netflix said it is on track to meet the full year 2023 financial objectives.

“For Q2 2023, we forecast revenue of $8.2 billion, up 3 per cent year,” said Netflix.

Meanwhile, streaming giant is finally set to crack down on password sharing in the US this summer.

Netflix originally planned to roll out “paid sharing” in the US during the first quarter this year. The company will now introduce the feature on or before June 30.

“We are planning on a broad rollout, including in the US, in Q2,” the company said in its first-quarter 2023 earnings.

“Paid sharing is another important initiative as widespread account sharing (over 100 million households) undermines our ability to invest in and improve Netflix for our paying members, as well as build our business,” the company added.

Netflix first launched paid sharing in Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and Portugal.

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