Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back?

Netflix lost US subscribers in Q2 over price hikes; how can it win them back?

Enlarge / Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. (credit: re:publica)

If you’ve been grumbling about the rising cost of your Netflix account, it seems you’re not alone. Netflix shared its second-quarter financial results and the company indicated that higher prices may have led to dips in the platform’s subscriber counts.

Revenue for the video streaming service totaled $4.92 billion in the second quarter, up 26% year-over-year. Net income was $271 million, with $0.60 earnings per share. Both those figures were down from Q2 in 2018 and from Q1 of 2019.

Netflix added 2.7 million paid members during the period, a big cut from the 5 million it expected to see and from the 5.5 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. “Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases,” the shareholder letter read. The company insisted that competition from other platforms was

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Netflix Bringing Mobile-Only Streaming Option to India

Netflix Bringing Mobile-Only Streaming Option to India


Netflix discussed financials with investors today and plans of a new and cheaper mobile-only streaming option were announced, headed first to India.

As of now, there is no detailed plan to launch this mobile-only plan in the US or anywhere outside of India, with this plan described as, “an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5).”

Obviously, Netflix plans in the US allow you to stream content directly to your phone, but there is no phone-only plan. This would be a cheaper option than the current offerings from Netflix, something that could be good for those without a TV in their house but may have a tablet or large phone for media consumption.

The plan is expected to go live in Q3.

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Flay your mind: Stranger Things S3 just might be the show’s best season yet

Flay your mind: Stranger Things S3 just might be the show’s best season yet

Enlarge / Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang are back to face down yet another supernatural threat to Hawkins, Indiana, in the third season of Stranger Things (credit: YouTube/Netflix)

Warning: This story contains spoilers for episodes 5-8 of Stranger Things‘ third season, following up on Nathan Matisse’s slightly spoiler-y review of episodes 1-4. You can read our non-spoiler preview of the new season here, or catch up on what’s come before with past Ars stories on season one and season two.

Everyone’s favorite teen sleuthing squad is back, taking on Russian operatives, local corruption, and the latest supernatural evil to emerge from the Upside Down in the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Anyone who feared the series might be losing its luster, three years on, should rest easy: season three is just as good as the first—in some respects, even better.

The first season

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Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same

Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same

Enlarge / Perhaps teen romance can split ’em up temporarily, but you can’t keep the gang apart for long if evil lurks around Hawkins. (credit: Netflix)

Warning: This story contains some spoilers for episodes 1-4 of Stranger Things‘ third season. You can read our non-spoiler preview of the new season here, or catch up on what’s come before with past Ars stories on season one and season two.

Russians. It always had to be Russians.

Maybe it should be called Gorbachev’s Law, but put any kind of get-the-gang-together action story into the 1980s, and eventually modern democracy’s favorite villain must rear its head. And in Stranger Things 3, the show wastes no time—this go-around may be once again centered in Hawkins, but S3’s very first scene shows there’s no going back after the events of the show’s first two seasons. The scope and scale of evil

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Cuphead the game is becoming Cuphead the animated Netflix series

Cuphead the game is becoming Cuphead the animated Netflix series

Enlarge / Makes sense to us. (credit: Netflix / Studio MDHR)

Netflix’s latest adaptation of a video game is arguably its most obvious “duh” one yet, as its source material already looks like a Saturday-morning cartoon. The Cuphead Show, announced on Tuesday by Cuphead game creators Studio MDHR, is a partnership with animation production house King Features, coming exclusively to Netflix. No release window has yet been announced.

The original side-scrolling game launched in 2017 on Xbox consoles after a lengthy, well-chronicled effort to hand-animate most of its characters and worlds, and the results married the bouncy, music-synced animation style of 1930s cartoons with a diversity of worlds and color not commonly seen in that era. (The game, which we loved, has since launched on Windows PCs and Nintendo Switch.)

Today’s news comes with a sole teaser image, which stretches and redraws the series’ lead characters, Cuphead and

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At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television

At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television

Enlarge / Morpheus, aka Dream, aka the titular Sandman, is one of seven beings known as the Endless in Neil Gaiman’s seminal graphic novel series. (credit: YouTube/DC Comics)

Author Neil Gaiman is a hot property these days, between the STARZ adaptation of American Gods and the massive success of the TV adaptation of his novel with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, on Amazon Prime. Now comes news via The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix is also jumping on the Gaiman bandwagon. The streaming giant is reportedly making a major financial commitment to adapt the Sandman graphic novel series for television.

For many of us, the Sandman comics were our first introduction to the prolific Gaiman’s work. It’s his re-interpretation of an earlier DC comics character. The titular “sandman” is Dream, but he is also called Morpheus, among other names. He is one of seven entities known as the Endless, and

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Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightful

Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightful

The latest trailer for Stranger Things S3

When Netflix’s Stranger Things initially burst onto the scene in 2016, the surprise summer hit struck a national nerve. There was, however, one small, repeated bit of pushback: Haven’t we done this before?

The bikes. The supernatural. The kids saving the world with Walkie Talkies in hand. And if nostalgia indulgence, built upon allusions and influences from King and Spielberg, initially turned off some viewers, season two may have turned the repellent up to Eleven (ahem) by doing the sequel thing. The series’ second run had the same primary victim, another D&D-inspired type of lurking evil, and one more kids-save-their-friend-after-a-science-lesson bit.

Now two years and a Thrones-ian amount of anticipation later, the Stranger Things 3 premiere arrives in mere days (July 4). Netflix has already shared the season with some TV critics alongside an extensive list of 17 embargoed facts (that

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With Darkness on the Edge of Town, the Stranger Things expanded universe begins

With Darkness on the Edge of Town, the Stranger Things expanded universe begins

Back in the summer of 2016, Netflix wasn’t Netflix, TV Industry Conquerer™ just yet. Long before Russian Doll, The Crown, or choose-your-own adventure bonanzas, Netflix made a bunch of “eh” originals following their initial Orange Is The New Black/House of Cards splash. But then, the company’s “green light all the things” strategy struck unexpected gold with an ’80s adventure homage set in fictitious, rural Indiana. Suddenly, pulsing vintage synths could be heard everywhere.

A few years can really make all the difference. Entering 2019, maybe only Game of Thronesfinal season had more hype within the TV landscape than Stranger Things’ two-years-in-the-making third season (and we all know how things went in Westeros). And new-school Netflix has leveraged this anticipation in a very old school way: tie-in novels. A hallmark of beloved franchises from 

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Review: Jessica Jones S3 is flawed but packs a powerful payoff in the end

Review: Jessica Jones S3 is flawed but packs a powerful payoff in the end

Enlarge / Last Defender standing: Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) ponders what it means to be a hero in the final season. (credit: YouTube/Netflix)

Jessica Jones makes its final bow with an imperfect but ultimately powerful and thought-provoking third season. The series finale—canceled before it even started streaming, along with the rest of the Marvel/Netflix Defenders series—expertly explored conflicting notions of justice, the possibility of forgiveness and redemption, and what it really means to be a hero through the lens of Jessica’s fractured relationship with her adoptive sister, Trish Walker.

(Spoilers for all three seasons below.)

Along with the first season of Daredevil in 2015, Jessica Jones helped launch the Defenders shared universe on Netflix to broad critical acclaim. The show earned praise for its gritty noir tone (perfectly captured in the main title sequence), complex characters (shout-out to Carrie-Ann Moss’s Emmy-worthy turn as Jeri Hogarth), and unapologetically frank

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Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn

Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn

Supernatural creatures threaten a group of high school students in the new Netflix series Jinn.

A high school field trip to the ancient archaeological site of Petra turns tragic, and supernatural creatures are unleashed to prey on the living in Jinn, the first Arabic language original series from Netflix. Forget the Westernized concept of genies found in our popular culture, like Aladdin or I Dream of Jeannie. This series draws on more traditional Arabian/Islamic mythology for its portrayal of the jinn, and it’s all the richer for it.

(Mild spoilers below.)

Mira (Salma Malhas), a high school student in Amman, Jordan, is struggling with the recent loss of her mother and brother, and her mixed feelings for her jealous boyfriend, Fahed (Yasser Al Had), who is pressuring her for sex. When the high school class takes a field trip to Petra, tensions emerge, largely driven by Tareq

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