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Paramount Streaming Losses Shrink as Subs Reach 61 Million

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As the writers and actors strikes continue to disrupt the entertainment industry, Paramount added a modest 700,000 subscribers to its main streaming service, Paramount+, the company announced during an earnings call this evening.

The gain is far smaller than the 4.1 million subscribers it added last quarter; however, along with the additions, the company’s subscription revenue rose 47%, and Paramount hit 61 million subscribers total.

For the quarter, streaming losses fell to $424 million—down from $511 million in the first quarter. And overall, the company said revenue for its streaming operations (which includes AVOD service Pluto) is up 40%.

Regarding the falling subscription adds, CFO Naveen Chopra said the decline is due to “seasonal softness” as well as a “strategic shift” in content release strategy to “better align with the launch of Paramount+ and Showtime.”

In June, Paramount officially debuted Paramount+ with Showtime, which the company expects to generate $700 million in expense savings. The tier launch came with price increases in both the existing premium Paramount+ tier and its essential tier.

Subscriber growth is expected to be higher in the second half of the year, but the third quarter will see a dip of just over a million subscribers due to a restructuring of a Latin America bundle deal.

Ad sales are up

Following Paramount closing its upfront talks, CEO Bob Bakish said revenue gains came from improvements in digital advertising on Paramount+ and Pluto, though linear TV sales still struggled with a soft market.

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