Netflix CEO blames this for massive loss
Netflix Inc.'s co-chief executive officer says his firm remains the “global champion” of streaming, blaming the loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter on inflation that's prompted households to reduce spending.
“Every customer is asking the question of the value of a subscription in relation to its cost,” Ted Sarandos said in an interview with French newspaper Le JDD on Sunday. Netflix's vision to “satisfy the consumer” remains intact, he added, citing the popularity of the new season of “Stranger Things.”
Netflix has been trying to bring costs under control as its subscriber growth slows. As part of those efforts, the streaming giant has laid off employees, including 150 in May and another 300 in June.
The company is “adapting to the slowdown in growth compared to projections” and is doing so “without limiting spending on content production, which will reach 17 billion euros ($17.3 billion) in 2022,” Sarandos said.
Netflix now has more than 10 million subscribers in France, Sarandos said, compared to 6.7 million in 2020, the last time it reported the figure.
It's investing 200 million euros in French content this year, including 40 million euros on films released first in French movie theaters. It recently bought the rights to stream Johnny Depp's next movie in France, Bloomberg previously reported.
Still, Sarandos criticized an exclusivity arrangement with local cinema guilds that allows Netflix to show films only 15 months after their theater release in France.
“The appropriate time frame is a few weeks, not a few months,” he said.