Is The End Of The Pandemic Hurting Netflix’s Business?

Netflix had a boom year during the pandemic, thanks to millions of Americans left stuck at home.

But now the rise in vaccinations might be hurting the company’s business. Netflix says new subscriptions shrank to 4 million last quarter – and are expected to plummet all the way down to 1 million next quarter.

Compare that to the whopping 16 million new subscribers added last year as the pandemic began. Many have noticed that this drop in Netflix subscriptions is coming as vaccination rates surge higher and higher – though Netflix believes part of it is due to a “lighter content slate” in the first half of 2021.

That being said, here is what’s coming to Netflix in May!

May 1st

  • Aliens Stole My Body (2020) – Kids superhero adventure movie akin to Netflix’s We Can Be Heroes.
  • Angelina Ballerina (Seasons 5-6) – Animated kids series.
  • Back to the Future Trilogy – Great Scott! All three of the Back to the Future movies return to Netflix for a limited time.
  • Barney and Friends (Seasons 13-14) – Kids series.
  • Best of the Best (1989) – Tae Kwon Do sports drama starring Eric Roberts.
  • Dead Again in Tombstone (2017) – Western starring Danny Trejo about an outlaw returning from the dead.
  • Due Date (2010) – Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis team in this buddy comedy.
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) – Comedy starring Jim Carrey.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) – Live-action adaptation of the toy franchise.
  • Green Zone (2010) – Paul Greengrass directs this war thriller starring Matt Damon. Follows events in US-occupied Baghdad.
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) – Richard Gere features in this touching movie about a college professor adopting an abandoned dog.
  • J.T. LeRoy (2019) – Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart headline this trans movie about a writer pretending to be a literary persona.
  • Mystic River (2003) – Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins star in this 2-time Oscar-winning feature directed by Clint Eastwood.
  • Love Happens (2009) – Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart headline this romantic film about a doctor who cannot get over the death of his late wife until…
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) – The third entry in the Dreamworks animated series where the animals join a European circus in the hopes of returning home. Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.
  • Never Back Down (2008) – A teenager joins an underground fight club. Stars Sean Faris.
  • Notting Hill (1999) –  Roger Mitchell directs this Hugh Grant rom-com classic.
  • Open Season (2006) – Animated mischief with a grizzly bear finding himself stranded before hunting season begins.
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – Alice continues fighting the Umbrella Corporation in this 2010 entry in the Sony Resident Evil movies.
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) – Survivors of the Racoon City incident travel to Nevada.
  • Scarface (1983) – The drug cartel classic starring Al Pacino.
  • Sitting in Limbo (2020) – British drama about a man trying to gain citizenship during the Windrush scandal.
  • S.M.A.R.T Chase (2017) – Chinese/English thriller starring Orlando Bloom.
  • Stargate (1994) – The first movie of the Stargate franchise starring Kurt Russell.

What’s Coming to Netflix on May 2nd

    • Hangar 1: The UFO Files (Season 2) – Docuseries looking into various UFO sightings over the years.
  • Hoarders (Season 11) – Reality TV where it follows people who are compulsive hoarders.
  • Selena: The Series (Season 2) N – The concluding second half of the biopic series on Selena Quintanilla.
  • The Clovehitch Killer (2018) – The work of a serial killer hits close to home for this family. Thriller from director Duncan Skiles.
  • Trash Truck (Season 2) N – New episodes of the animated kids series.

What’s Coming to Netflix on May 5th

  • Framing John DeLorean (2019) – Biopic on the car maker John DeLorean and how some considered him to be a con-man. Stars Alec Baldwin.
  • Lava Ka Dhaava (Season 1) N – Indian spin-off Netflix’s gameshow – Floor is Lava.
  • The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness (Limited Series) N – Crime docuseries following Maury Terry’s efforts into finding a killer.
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