Netflix reported sharply increased third-quarter earnings Tuesday due to a stronger slate, which includes "Squid Game," a South Korean survival drama that Netflix claims was its largest-ever TV series.
After suffering from delays caused by the pandemic in the first half, the company has increased production. It is also looking beyond TV and movies, and stated that it will fund "new growth opportunities", such as videogames. These are currently being tested in certain markets.
The company stated that it is still early days for the initiative. "We plan to experiment with different types of games, learn more from our members, and improve our game library," they said.
Netflix is working hard to increase its international subscribers, even as it faces saturation on the U.S. markets. In Kenya, Netflix launched a free mobile service, which it hopes will encourage more people to sign up for paid memberships.
Netflix reported that its subscriber base increased 9% to 213.6 Million, surpassing its projections.
The increase occurred even though Netflix's Latin America subscriber growth slowed "a bit" after the company raised prices in Brazil, Spencer Neumann (Nielsen's chief financial officer) said in a conference call.
Netflix announced Friday that it fired an employee after disclosing financial information regarding the payment for "The Closer" by Chappelle. Employees and advocacy groups denounced it as transphobic and dangerous to transgender persons.
Netflix stated that the employee was not named and shared "confidential commercially sensitive information" outside of the company.
GLAAD, a media watchdog, stated that Netflix's policy of rejecting programs that incite hatred or violence violates its policies.
In an internal memo, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's co-CEO, stated to managers that the show does not cross the "line on hate" and will continue to stream on the streaming site.
Transgender workers and their allies plan to protest Wednesday's walkout.