FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows the Netflix app on an iPad in Baltimore. Netflix reports earnings Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Netflix's subscriber growth droops in 2Q , stock tumbles

July 17, 2019 - 4:21 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its traditionally sluggish spring season, a drop-off coming as it girds for challenges from a star-studded cast of entertainment and technology companies.

The service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers for the April-June period. That's far below the 5 million subscribers forecast by Netflix. The second-quarter letdown announced Wednesday comes after Netflix attracted nearly 10 million subscribers during the first three months of the year .

Netflix ended June with 151.6 million worldwide subscribers, far more than a current crop of video streaming rivals such as Amazon and Hulu.

But stiffer competition looms this fall when Walt Disney Co. and Apple plan to launch their own streaming channels.

Netflix's stock tumbled by more than 10% in extended trading.

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