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Netflix passes half a billion subscribers amid crackdown on password sharing

Streaming giant Netflix has shattered expectations by reaching a staggering 500 million subscribers worldwide.

The company’s triumphant rise, which saw it add 9.33 million new subscribers in the first quarter of 2024, marks a significant resurgence after a period of slower growth in 2021 and 2022.

This extraordinary performance can largely be attributed to Netflix’s bold initiative to crack down on password sharing, a practice that is estimated to have given over 100 million people free access to the platform.

By implementing stringent measures to curb unauthorised account access, Netflix has successfully converted a significant portion of these users into paying subscribers.

The crackdown, announced as part of a broader strategy to ensure fair use, underscores Netflix’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of its service while growing its subscriber base.

This move, coupled with a steady stream of blockbuster shows, has solidified Netflix’s position as a dominant force in the global media landscape, particularly in key markets such as the United States and Canada.

With nearly 270 million paying subscribers worldwide, Netflix has extended its lead over competing streaming platforms and reaffirmed its status as the premier choice for on-demand entertainment.

Despite its remarkable achievements, Netflix remains cautiously optimistic about future growth and expects a slight slowdown in subscriber additions in the current quarter.

Nevertheless, the company is forecasting a robust 16% increase in revenue, signalling continued momentum in the months ahead.