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Netflix tempers growth expectations as pandemic pulls down 2020 gains

World's largest streaming service projected it would add 2.5 million customers from January through March, less than half of the 5.9 million analysts had forecast.

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Netflix picked up more than 36 million customers in 2020, and 18.2 million in 2021.

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Netflix Inc dashed hopes for a quick rebound after forecasting weak first-quarter subscriber growth on Thursday, sending shares sinking nearly 20% and wiping away most of its remaining pandemic-fueled gains from 2020.

The world's largest streaming service projected it would add 2.5 million customers from January through March, less than half of the 5.9 million analysts had forecast, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Netflix tempered its growth expectations, citing the late arrival of anticipated content, such as the second season of "Bridgerton" and the Ryan Reynolds time-travel movie "The Adam Project." Shares of Netflix plummeted nearly 20% to $408.13 in after-hours trading.

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First Published: Jan 21 2022 | 7:06 AM IST

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