From relatively humble beginnings as a DVD-by-mail service, Netflix has grown into one of the most used video streaming services in the world. The company was one of the first to see the potential of video streaming technology and began to transition to a subscription video-on-demand model in 2007. Since this transition, Netflix’s revenue has grown from 1.36 billion to around 25 billion in just 12 years. The number of Netflix subscribers has followed a similar trend, increasing from less than 22 million in 2011 to nearly 214 million in 2021.
In addition to its massive user base, Netflix subscribers are quite attached to the service, with 41 percent of users rating it as their most indispensable SVOD platform. Given these staggering numbers, it may seem hard to believe that other companies could make their mark in the Subscription Video-on-Demand market, but Netflix competitors Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and DisneyPlus have also carved out significant places within the SVOD landscape. That being said, far fewer people considered the latter three to be essential video streaming services compared to Netflix.
One of the main differences between Netflix and its competitors is its massive wealth of original content. Worldwide, Netflix spent around 12 billion U.S. dollars on its content in 2020, a value which is expected to expand in the future. The popularity of shows such as "House of Cards", "Stranger Things", and "Orange is the New Black" have made original programming integral to the company’s continued success. Over half of users from the U.S. stated in a February 2021 survey that the announcement of new exclusive programming was their main reason to subscribe to Netflix, and nearly 50 percent of Netflix subscribers stated that the quality of Netflix original shows and movies are better now than they used to be in the past.
From the beginning, it was Netflix’s ability to adapt to changing technologies and consumer demands which made it so successful. This ability to adjust has continued in recent years with the success of the Netflix’s original content and increased focus on providing content around the world. As long as Netflix can continue this trend of innovation, the company will remain an important voice in both the SVOD market and the entertainment industry as a whole.
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