Mediaweek Industry Awards: Best Streaming Platform

• Winner: Netflix

On the day that Netflix has updated its latest subscriber numbers, Mediaweek reveals that our readers have voted the platform as their favourite streaming service.

The sheer volume of content on the Netflix platform makes it a must-have for many consumers. The seemingly never-ending stream of TV programming has been added to with an increased number of major movies over the past year.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today announced the platform now had over 100m subscribers outside the USA.

Overall Netflix membership was up 21% in Q4 of 2019.

Netflix doesn’t breakout subscriber numbers for any international market, but it did report numbers for the APAC region (which includes Australia) enjoyed record growth last year.

Netflix also said there was minimal impact so far on its numbers in Australia from the launch of additional streaming platforms like Disney+ and AppleTV+.

Netflix reported the new season of The Crown helped drive growth in 2019:

In its first four weeks, over 21m member households have chosen to watch season 3 of The Crown (up over 40% from Season 2 over the same time period) and in total, over 73m households worldwide have chosen The Crown since the series launched. The Crown and the all new Season 3 cast just won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama series and star Olivia Colman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Well behind in the Industry Awards voting and taking second place was the Nine-owned streaming platform Stan.

Stan originals have been key to summer viewing with titles including the return of Matt Okine’s comedy The Other Guy, relationship drama The Commons, cracking crime thriller The Gloaming and the Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang which has been attracting very mixed reviews ahead of its TV premiere this week.

Close behind Stan in third place is the SBS free On Demand platform.

The streaming home of most SBS content, and much more, it features a huge movie library with new additions every month and the platform is a treasure trove for fans of Nordic noir – which counts for much of the best crime fiction available.

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