Netflix Streaming Volume Up 350% in 10 Quarters

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  • The Diffusion Group (TDG)
PLANO, TEXAS — Netflix streaming has increased 350 percent during the last 10 quarters growing from two billion hours in Q4-11 to seven billion hours as of Q2-14, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), a provider of research on the future of broadband. The report, "Netflix 2014 - Domestic Dominance, International Escalation," presents TDG's latest analysis of Netflix and examines subscriber growth and hours streamed, and offers domestic forecasts for both through 2022. The report also discusses Netflix's new frontier, international service introductions.

As illustrated below, total streaming among US Netflix subscribers rose from 1.8 billion hours in Q4-11 to 5.1 billion hours in Q2-14, almost tripling during this period. Total international streaming grew from 0.2 million hours in Q4-11 to 1.9 million hours in Q2-14, a ten-fold increase.

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Although the rate of international streaming growth has outpaced that of domestic streaming, US consumption remains responsible for the majority of total worldwide streaming hours. In Q3-11, domestic Netflix subscribers represented 94 percent of the worldwide total. In Q2-14 the US share of total worldwide subscribers declined to 72 percent, a trend expected to continue as Netflix executes its international expansion strategy.

"When Netflix first launched in 1998 as an innovative DVD-by-mail subscription service it would have been difficult to imagine that, not only would it pass HBO to become the largest premium TV/movie subscription in the US, but that it would be ramping up a formidable international streaming business," notes Bill Niemeyer, TDG senior adviser and author of the new report. Niemeyer says this is all the more remarkable given that Netflix launched its Internet streaming service only seven years ago, in 2007.




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