Greg Sandoval at CNet dug through the financials and discovered that Netflix spent $66 million in Q2 and a total of $116 million this year on streaming titles, a huge increase from $9 million in Q2 2009. How did Netflix increase the payout to the studios?
First, delivering digital versions of films over the Web is far cheaper than shipping physical discs. As Netflix users have opted to watch more streaming movies and receive fewer DVDs delivered by mail, the company has been able to trim postage and DVD-acquisition costs. For example, Netflix spent $24 million in the June quarter this year on DVDs, compared with $43 million during the same period last year, according to the company's June earnings report. For the first six months of this year, Netflix spent $61 million on discs, down from $89 million for the same period last year.
Netflix's growth since they were founded in 1997 has been amazing -- they are expected to hit 20 million subscribers sometime next year, a milestone that took Comcast 20 years to reach. Comcast has the advantage in profit, having earned $3.6 billion last year.
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