Netflix Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)

Mansoor Iqbal

Updated: August 3, 2022

Netflix was conceived in 1997 by Reed Hastings (the current CEO) and Marc Randolph. Both had previous ventures in the West Coast tech scene, Hastings was the owner of debugging software firm Pure Atria, while Randolph had co-founded and then sold MicroWarehouse for $700 million.

Originally a DVD-rental service, in the same vein as Blockbuster, Netflix broke ground with its mail order service. It introduced a subscription model at the turn of the millennium, which allowed subscribers to rent as many DVDs as they wanted, without incurring any additional costs which were the bane of many Blockbuster-fans lives.

Even before the streaming service, Netflix was focused on recommendation algorithms and unique experiences through its website. Even with these advances in technology, Netflix was hit hard in the dot-com bubble and was offered $50 million by Blockbuster in 2001.

Netflix rejected the offer and a year later IPO’d on the Nasdaq. It wouldn’t be until 2007 that it rolled out its video streaming service, which separated Netflix from Blockbuster and many of the other DVD-rental services which went out of business in the 2010s.

It took a few years for the streaming service to make inroads, but once it did Netflix pivoted to a platform only approach, canning the DVD-rental service and launching Netflix worldwide. Today, only citizens in North Korea, Syria, China and Crimea are denied the binge-watching pleasures of the streaming service.

In 2012, Netflix also upped the ante with its own programming, which started with Lilyhammer but was boosted heavily by House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, two of the company’s most watched TV shows. Netflix started to pick up awards for its TV shows, surpassing HBO in 2018 for the amount of Emmy nominations.

Netflix has also distributed several noteworthy films, including Beasts of No Nation, Marriage Story, Roma and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Netflix earned more nominations at the 2020 Oscars than any other film studio.

But in terms of awards, the first Emmy Netflix ever won, in 2012, is perhaps the most illustrative: an Emmy Engineering Award, given to individuals or organisations that have profoundly changed the way we watch television. Netflix, it is fair to say, has profoundly done this.

As Netflix has grown in revenue and subscribers, it has enticed others to copy its formula. Amazon launched its Prime Video subscription service at around the same time and has been a heavy spender, as it looks to replicable Netflix’s performance in awards.

Disney also launched its own streaming service in November 2019, and several American cable services have launched their own in 2020, such as HBO Max, Peacock and Showtime. The next five years will undoubtedly be harder for Netflix, as it tries to keep its fans loyal when so much more stuff is available.

We have collected data and statistics on Netflix. Read on below to find out more.

Netflix key statistics

  • Netflix generated $24.9 billion revenue in 2021, a 23.8% increase year-on-year
  • $12.97 billion of Netflix’s revenue was generated in North America, its largest market
  • Netflix had an operating profit of $5.1 billion in 2021, an 85% increase year-on-year
  • In 2022, Netflix had 222 million subscribers worldwide

Netflix overview

Title 1Title 2
Launch date29 August 1997, 15 January 2007 (streaming service launch)
HQLos Gatos, California
PeopleReed Hastings (co-CEO, founder), Ted Sarandos (co-CEO, chief content officer), Greg Peters (COO, CPO)
Business typePublic (NASDAQ: NFLX)
IndustryVideo streaming

 

Netflix revenue

Netflix generated $24.9 billion revenue in 2020, a 23.8% increase on the previous year. It has reported higher revenues each quarter for more than a decade.

Netflix quarterly revenue 2011 to 2022 ($mm)

Netflix annual revenue 2011 to 2021 ($bn)

YearRevenue ($bn)
20113.1
20123.5
20134.3
20145.4
20156.7
20168.8
201711.6
201815.7
201920.1
202024.9

Source: Company data

Netflix revenue by region

Netflix earned 43% of its revenue from the US & Canada market, its largest region for revenue and usage.

Netflix annual revenue by region 2018 to 2021 ($bn)

YearUS & CanadaEMEALatin AmericaAsia-Pacific
20188.283.952.220.94
201910.055.542.781.46
202011.457.773.132.37
202112.979.693.573.26

Source: Company data

Netflix ARPU by region

Netflix also earns more revenue per user in the US & Canada market, at $14.78, while in Latin America the ARPU in 2021 was at $8.14.

Netflix annual ARPU by region 2018 to 2021 ($bn)

YearUS & CanadaEMEALatin AmericaAsia-Pacific
201811.2810.207.539.19
201913.2210.518.189.07
202013.5111.057.129.32
202114.7811.648.149.26

Note: Values cover Q4 of each respective year. Source: Company data

Netflix profit

Netflix made $5.1 billion net profit in 2021, an 85% increase on the $2.7 billion it made in 2020.

Netflix annual net income/loss ($mm)

DateNet Income/Loss ($mm)
2011225
201217
2013112
2014266
2015122
2016188
2017560
20181,211
20191,867
20202,761
20215,116

Note: Values are net income. Source: Company data

Netflix content spend

Netflix has increased its content spend every year, as it has added more original content to the platform. In 2021, it spent $17 billion on content.

Netflix annual content spend ($bn)

YearContent spend ($bn)
20166.88
20178.91
201812
201913.9
202011.8
202117

Sources: Netflix, Variety

Netflix subscribers

Netflix reached 222 million subscribers in 2021, but stalled in Q1 2022, losing 200,000 subscribers and wiping over 50% off its market cap.

Netflix quarterly revenue 2011 to 2022 (mm)

Netflix annual subscribers 2011 to 2021 (mm)

DateSubscribers (mm)
201121.5
201225.71
201335.63
201447.99
201562.71
201679.9
201799.04
2018124.35
2019151.56
2020192.95
2021209

Note: Values cover Q2 of each respective year. Source: Company data

Netflix subscribers by region

The US & Canada market has a slight edge in total subscribers, although it is likely that the European market will surpass it in 2022.

Netflix annual subscribers by region 2018 to 2021 (mm)

YearUS & CanadaEMEALatin AmericaAsia-Pacific
201864.737.82610.6
201967.651.731.416.2
202073.966.737.525.4
202175.27439.932.6

Note: Values cover Q4 of each respective year. Source: Company data

Netflix share of US streaming minutes

Netflix remains the most popular streaming service in the US for total minutes watched, surpassing YouTube and Hulu.

US audience streaming minutes 2022 (%)

AppPercentage of minutes spent
Netflix22.4
YouTube20.4
Hulu11.2
Prime Video7.8
Disney+6.1
Other streaming33.3

Source: Nielsen

Netflix US library size

In terms of total library size, Netflix is far behind Amazon Prime Video, but ahead of all other streaming platforms in the US.

US streaming services library size 2022

AppMoviesTV Shows
Netflix3,6001,800
Prime Video26,3002,700
HBO Max2,000580
Hulu1,2301,300
Disney+740280
Peacock860270

Source: JustWatch

Netflix vs Disney Plus: subscribers

Netflix FAQ

What is the most streamed TV show on Netflix?

The Office is the most streamed piece of content on Netflix, with a total of 57.1 billion minutes (Nielsen)

What is the median age of a Netflix user?

The median age is between 35-44 years old

How many Netflix users use the platform without paying?

An estimated 31% of users do not pay for the platform (Survata)

How many unique recommendations does Netflix have?

Netflix has 1,300 “recommendation clusters”, which are built through user’s viewing preferences

How many hours of Netflix were streaming during coronavirus lockdown?

In the US, an estimated 204 million hours were collectively streamed during the first major coronavirus lockdown in 2020 (Kill the Cable Bill)

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