It’s not TV. It’s … Netflix?
The video streaming service is officially bigger than HBO, at least when it comes to which has more paid subscribers.
Netflix now has 29.9 million paid U.S. subscribers.
In comparison, Bloomberg reports HBO has about 28.7 million subscribers, according to numbers from SNL Kagan.
Netflix is on a roll right now, at least if you don’t count the nosedive the stock took this morning.
It also resurrected FOX’s old series “Arrested Development” and is in talks for more seasons.
Netflix continues to flip the TV model on its head.
The video streaming service is doing something that others (including Hulu) haven’t been able to perfect: giving people access to TV shows and movies they want to watch any time they want to view them and in bulk if desired.
In addition, it has helped make binge-watching television a thing. (If you have the service, tell us you haven’t binge-watched one show on there.)
Viewership for the final season of “Breaking Bad” skyrocketed. It didn’t surge by itself. Even creator Vince Gilligan believes Netflix had a role to play in record numbers.
Cable television subscriptions are only continuing to go down as people are heading elsewhere to watch shows. As of September, 1.8 million ended their TV subscriptions in Q2 of 2013.
What a turn around for the company from 2011.
This may just be the start of the twisting of the knife in paid cable TV. At least until big cable companies like Comcast start trying to enforce internet data caps which could potentially cut into streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Begun, the cable wars have.
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