Netflix UK sales grow as it gains more and higher-paying subscribers

Netflix UK has revealed its sales grew last year as the streaming platform gained more and higher-paying subscribers.

The British services arm of the global company, which streams popular series such as Sex Education, The Crown and Top Boy, said it has seen more members sign up to the platform as it grows in popularity.

It reported a 12% increase in total revenues, from £1.38 billion in 2021 to £1.54 billion in 2022.

Sales, which primarily come from membership fees, rose as it saw a 4% increase in the average number of paid subscribers during the day.

Furthermore, the average monthly revenue per paying membership shot up by 14% compared to the previous year, as people paid more on average for the streaming service.

“The increase in revenue is due to a larger member base, which continues to grow as Netflix becomes more popular,” the company said.

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Netflix said it grew its membership base as the streaming giant becomes more popular (Alamy/PA)

The move to introduce advert-free subscriptions for a higher fee has been replicated by rival streaming platforms such as Disney+ and Amazon Prime this year.

Netflix UK said its pre-tax profit for 2022 was £34.1 million, up from £27.9 million the previous year.

It came as the average number of full-time employees increased to 202, from 153 the prior year.

The firm also saw total salaries and wages for employees jump to £41.8 million from £29.2 million.

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Netflix UK streams popular series such as Sex Education, which recently aired its final season (Sam Taylor/Netflix/PA)

It added 5.9 million new subscribers between April and June and reported a slight uplift in earnings for the quarter.

But it came amid the largest industry strike action for decades as writers and actors in Hollywood protested over issues including pay and the rising threat of artificial intelligence (AI).

Last month, writers in the US agreed to call off strikes after board members came to an agreement with Hollywood studio bosses.

But union leaders representing actors remain in talks with studios, and the walkouts are expected to have a significant impact on the roll-out of TV programmes and films in cinemas and streaming services.

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