SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix shares plunged  in after-hours trade Wednesday after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader.

Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings from rival groups including Walt Disney, Apple and others.

Quarterly subscribers and net income for Netflix.

Shares in Netflix skidded 10.3 percent in after-market trade after the results, which showed revenues and profits largely in line with analyst forecasts.

Netflix said in its letter to investors that it still sees long-term growth on target, dismissing concerns that consumers were gravitating to rivals.

“We don’t believe competition was a factor since there wasn’t a material change in the competitive landscape during the second quarter, and competitive intensity and our penetration is varied across regions,” the letter said. – AFP