Netflix Earnings Preview: Will Price Hikes Dent Subscriber Growth?

What to keep an eye on when streaming giant reports its first quarter earnings on Tuesday

It can seem like the same old song and dance with Netflix when it comes to earnings: If the streaming giant beats Wall Street estimates on new subscribers, its stock pops — and if it misses on projections, it slumps.

We saw this earlier in the year. Netflix reported a company-record 8.8 million new subscribers were added during the fourth quarter of 2018 but still failed to meet analyst estimates, leading to a stock drop in the immediate aftermath. Netflix has essentially canceled out its late-January swoon in the last two months, with shares trading at about $349 per share heading into Tuesday afternoon, when the company will report its Q1 financials.

Despite the trend, there’s still plenty to keep your eyes on beyond overall subscriber growth. Let’s go through three quick areas of interest that we’ll be focused on when Netflix reports on Tuesday.

1. Were subscribers scared away by price hikes? 

This will be the first time we get a look at Netflix’s subscriber count since the company raised fees in January,…

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Sean Burch

Just a kid from the streets of Orange County, writing about tech