Street Stays Bullish On Netflix Following Q4 Earnings (NASDAQ:NFLX)

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Netflix (NFLX) reported weaker-than-expected revenue in its Q4 2018 earnings release on Thursday.

Michael Pachter and his team at Wedbush wrote that they expect Netflix's content spending to "trigger substantial cash burn for many years", and said future price hikes could cause a slowdown in subscriber growth. Analysts had expected 7.5 million new subscribers while Netflix itself had forecast 7.6 million.

Footage of the incident also surfaced in the third season of the sci-fi series Travellers, another Netflix joint from Toronto-based production company Peacock Alley Entertainment, which also sourced the footage from Pond5, according to The Canadian Press.

"There's a billion hours of television content being consumed today - we're winning about 10 percent of it", Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in an online Q&A.

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During Friday's pre-market hours, Netflix shares rebounded sharply after analysts oversaw its revenue miss, citing its subscriber growth.

"The fact that investors reacted negatively to what amounted to a strong performance indicates the extent to which Netflix has set a high bar", said eMarketer media analyst Paul Verna.

Sandra Bullock-fronted original film Bird Box was watched by 80 million households in its first month, while Elite, one of its Spanish original series, was viewed by 20 million member households in its first month and psychological thriller series You was viewed by an estimated 40 million in its first three weeks on the platform. Netflix's outlook for new subscribers in the current quarter is 8.9 million, an 8 percent increase from past year.

For a long time, Netflix didn't release viewing metrics for its titles, unlike traditional networks and movie studios. Both of the companies are now in the process of developing their own streaming platforms and in the case of Disney, Netflix has started to distance themselves from the company by canceling Disney-owned properties like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.

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The company ended 2018 with 139 million paying members, having added 29 million of them during the year. He said his company has contacted customers who purchased any related clips of Lac-Megantic.

Profit for the fourth quarter came to 30 cents a share, beating the 24-cent average of analysts' estimate. Netflix spent $7.5 billion past year on films and shows and expects to spend more as it commits to producing more original fare versus licensing.

That's because worldwide growth will be a key driver for Netflix's continued dominance of the streaming video industry in the future.

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