International surge to drive Netflix base to grow by 44% over next five years to hit 128MN subscribers | VOD | News | Rapid TV News
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Despite the competition ratcheting up, there seems to be no stopping Netflix as Digital TV Research forecasts that it will have 128 million subscribers by 2022, up by 44% from 89 million at the end of 2016.

netflix 2 june 2017One of the key drivers for this expansion, says The Netflix Forecasts Report, will be among non- US subscribers who are predicted to surpass the core American audience by early 2018. The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) leader expanded to 130 more countries in January 2016 to bring its total to 190 countries. The 130 new countries will have 14 million subscribers combined by 2022, up from three million at end-2016. The 2022 figure corresponds to 11% of Netflix’s global total.

The top five countries are set to supply two-thirds of Netflix’s subscribers by 2022. The US will still contribute 44% of subscribers by 2022. By 2022, 17 countries will have more than one million subs, up from ten countries at the end of 2016. North America and Western Europe are forecast to together supply 72% of Netflix’s total subscriber base by 2022, down from 81% in 2016. The Asia Pacific region will boast more than ten million subscribers by 2022, nearly triple the 2016 total.

“This impressive growth comes despite Netflix not having direct access to subscribers in the world’s largest country: China,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research and author of **the report, ** “Furthermore, Digital TV Research believes that Netflix will fall foul of Russian legislation. Due to be introduced in July 2017, this restricts foreign companies to only 20% of digital platforms’ equity.”

In terms of the business that such growth will likely generate, Digital TV Research predicts subscription revenues for Netflix will climb from $8.29 billion in 2016 to $14.86 billion in 2022. The 60 countries that started before January 2016 will provide 90% of revenues in 2022. However, Asia Pacific is expected quadruple its revenues to more than $1 billion. In addition, the top five countries will generate revenues of $10 billion in 2022. The US will contribute 48% of Netflix’s subscription revenues by 2022, down from 61% in 2016.

Digital TV Research also forecasts that Netflix’s content spend will climb to $8.5 billion by 2022 – or 57% of subscription revenues.