Netflix finishes first quarter 2021 with 208 million paid memberships

Signage outside the Netflix Inc. office building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Netflix finished its first quarter 2021 with 208 million paid memberships, up 14 percent year over year, the world's leading streaming entertainment service announced Tuesday.

Netflix also posted quarter revenue of 7.16 billion U.S. dollars and earnings of 3.75 dollars per share in its first quarter earnings report.

The company noted that its first quarter revenue grew 24 percent year over year and was in line with its beginning of quarter forecast, while operating profit and margin reached all-time highs.

Average revenue per membership rose 6 percent year over year, according to the earnings report. But Netflix admitted that it had missed its own prediction for 210 million paid memberships.

"We believe paid membership growth slowed due to the big COVID-19 pull forward in 2020 and a lighter content slate in the first half of this year, due to COVID-19 production delays," said the company.

"We continue to anticipate a strong second half with the return of new seasons of some of our biggest hits and an exciting film lineup. In the short-term, there is some uncertainty from COVID-19; in the long-term, the rise of streaming to replace linear TV around the world is the clear trend in entertainment," it said.