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As bad as the third quarter was for Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX ) in terms of its streaming subscriber count, at least we now have confirmation that it's been growing through October.
CEO Reed Hastings is thanking Netflix users on hitting the round milestone of 30 million streaming accounts this morning.
For those scoring at home, Netflix had 25.1 million streaming domestic members and another 4.3 million international users -- or 29.4 million streaming subs -- at the end of September. It has apparently kicked off October by signing up 600,000 more subscribers than those that have cancelled the service.
It's a welcome piece of good news after a poorly received report on Tuesday. The stock tumbled nearly 12% yesterday after revealing that domestic streaming accounts fell on the low end of its range for the third quarter and that it would fall short of its goal to nab 7 million net additions for all of 2012.
It was back in July that he revealed another meaty milestone -- Netflix now serving up more than a billion hours of video a month -- on the leading social networking website. A month after that he used Facebook to taunt Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX ) HBO.
At least this time Hastings' status update on Facebook was accompanied by a formal press release that came out around the same time. Even though there weren't any selective disclosure issues raised during his last summertime revelation -- his Facebook status updates are accessible to the public -- there's nothing wrong with going through the formal channels. Even Netflix's blog, which hasn't been updated in weeks, would be a reasonable outlet.
The news is welcome all the same. In short, the company's streaming business continues to grow, even as its share price continues to shrink. Sooner or later, the market will reward Netflix's ability to entertain more and more customers with every passing quarter after a rare step back late last year.
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