Netflix Blames Subpar Growth on Switch to Chip Credit Cards

Netflix Blames Subpar Growth on Switch to Chip Credit Cards

October 20, 2015         Written By John H. Oldshue

Netflix offered a unique reason for why its subscription rates have been lower than expected. In a letter to shareholders, the streaming media provider says its subpar performance is partly due to America’s transition to chip-embedded credit cards.

How could the conversion to chip cards impact user subscriptions? The new cards come with new numbers and/or expiration dates, so current customers who receive new cards from their banks or credit card providers must update their information on Netflix to keep their accounts active. The company says this delay is causing subscription rates to drop.

To put matters in perspective, industry experts predicted a 1.25 million subscriber growth in the third quarter, but the company only saw an increase of 880,000 subscribers. This rate is still slightly ahead of last year, but not as strong as predicted.

The switch to EMV cards is far from over in America, despite the deadline that was set for October 1st. Some analysts believe the complete conversion may not take place until the end of 2016. If this is, in fact, the source of Netflix’s subpar performance, the company will be challenged for the next five quarters.

If you have a new chip credit card and have not updated your payment information on Netflix or any other automatic payment, let this be a friendly reminder to do so.

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John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers credit card rate issues for
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