Netflix lost subscribers for the first time in a decade last quarter

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Netflix’s struggle to boost its subscriber count took a dire turn in the first quarter of 2022. The company reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers globally compared to Q4, and it’s forecasting even bigger losses to come. Netflix estimates it could lose up to 2 million subscribers in the second quarter.

“Our revenue growth has slowed considerably,” Netflix acknowledged in its letter to shareholders. “Covid clouded the picture by significantly increasing our growth in 2020, leading us to believe that most of our slowing growth in 2021 was due to the Covid pull forward.”

In January, Netflix announced its first monthly subscription increase in two years. Today’s report contains the aftermath: Netflix says it lost 600,000 customers across…

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Author: Chris Welch