More than half of American internet users watch Netflix


YouTube has been the king of video streaming for years, but it looks like Netflix has stolen the crown, at least in the United States. According to a survey from RBC Capital Markets, more than half of American internet users have watched movies or television shows on Netflix in the past twelve months, which is slightly more than YouTube, and a lot more than Amazon and Hulu. The service has about 70 million subscribers globally, more than half of which are Americans.

A nice milestone for Netflix: Some 51% of American internet users say they used the site to watch movies or TV shows over the past 12 months, according to a survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets, representing an all-time high. That puts Netflix on top of YouTube, the report from RBC analyst Mark Mahaney said, and well above Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Go. The survey results raise the question of what exactly people are watching on YouTube—or at least think they’re watching. The site, which is mostly free, is full of shorter, native content, rather than full movies and TV shows that Netflix subscribers get. In short, they have very different value propositions. Netflix’s original content has played a major role in its ascent as the top subscription-based streaming service, and that’s no different as the company expands internationally. Some 52% of survey respondents in France and 64% in Germany say they’ve already watched “House of Cards,” for example.

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