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Netflix gains 16 million subscribers during lockdown, keeping its lead on Disney

Netflix gains 16 million subscribers during lockdown, keeping its lead on Disney
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Netflix has announced its biggest ever quarter, gaining 16 million new subscribers in 2020, so far. The streaming giant had predicted only 7 million new subscribers back in January, but with an unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown hitting countries across the world, many are turning to the best TV streaming services to pass the time. 

Netflix's new show Tiger King has also had great success since its release on March 20. 64 million households have tuned in to watch the true crime documentary series so far, and that number keeps growing.

In a quarterly shareholder letter, Netflix said “membership growth has temporarily accelerated due to home confinement. We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to decelerate as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon.”

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Netflix’s stock has risen 30% this year as coronavirus boosts streaming numbers. It's currently worth $190 billion, meaning the streaming company is maintaining its lead over Disney. Netflix isn't the only streaming site experiencing a massive growth in subscribers. Disney Plus recently revealed it hit 50 million subscribers in its first five months on the market. Although Netflix and Disney Plus are pitted against each other, it may not be the case that the growth of one site is at the expense of the other. Many are turning to Disney Plus for its child-friendly content as kids remain home from school during lockdown, but Netflix originals such as The Witcher and Tiger King are continuing to draw in new viewers across age groups.

Speaking to the New York Post, eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom said “after record subscriber additions, Netflix is and will continue to be the media company least impacted by COVID-19. Their business is a near perfect fit to a population that is suddenly housebound. Virus related lockdowns have reaccelerated Netflix’s subscriber growth around the world.”

If you're looking to try out a streaming subscription, why not try out both? Netflix is currently running a free 30-day trial, and Disney Plus is also offering a free week-long subscription. 

Disney Plus trial:  Free for 7 days, then $6.99 per month
Get access to Disney's library of family-friendly entertainment with high-quality streaming as standard, free for a full week. 

Netflix 30-Day Trial: Free 30-day trial, then $9 per month
Get unlimited viewing with the OG streaming site and then pay as little as $9 per month after that, if you continue to use it. 

Millie is a former staff writer for the Top Ten Reviews brand who now works across Future's Home portfolio. Her spare time is spent traveling, cooking, playing guitar and she's currently learning how to knit. Millie loves tracking down a good deal and keeping up-to-date on the newest technology and kitchen appliances.