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Wall Street is worried about Netflix's worldwide growth

Time to talk to Reed Hastings about Amazon, Hollywood and everything else.

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Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Wall Street usually judges Netflix based on the number of subscribers it added in the last quarter. Today, Wall Street is looking at the number Netflix thinks it will add next quarter, and it’s not happy.

Reed Hastings and company say they’ll add two million subscribers outside the U.S. in Q2, a drop from a year ago. Wall Street was looking for something like 2.8 million so Netflix shares are getting hammered after hours.

Hastings says Netflix is “learning” about expansion after announcing a global push earlier this year; he also says Netflix’s year-on-year numbers are better than they look, because last year’s numbers include a one-time spike the company got when it opened up in Australia.

Want to hear more? Tune in below, where I’ll be asking Hastings questions along with Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne. As always, we haven’t discussed the questions we’ll be asking, or any other part of the call, with Netflix executives in advance.

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