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Netflix wows markets as it surges past 100 million subscribers,
potentially sending shares to a record high.
And would giving away one thousand euros a month to a person free them
We discover how one bold start-up is finding the answer
to the question of a Universal Basic Income.
In a minute, we'll have an update on Rio Tinto's operations.
The video streaming giant surprised investors overnight
The company added 5.2 million subscribers in the past three
months, boosting its global customer base to 104 million.
It's a company whose growth reflects the changing culture of TV viewing
Since its transformation from a DVD rental service to video streaming
ten years ago, the firm's share price has rocketed from just over $3
This year it will spend $6bn on content.
That's 25% more than its rival Amazon is thought to be spending.
It's all in an effort to lure viewers away
Netflix has been aggressively expanding abroad, and says it is now
But with one notable exception, China.
In April, the firm agreed a deal to licence its content to one
of China's biggest streaming sites which is controlled by Baidu.
Our technology correspondent, Dave Lee, has more from Silicone
Just about all of Netflix's money comes from its subscribers. It is no
wonder when the company updates people on how it is performing,
people look at the user growth column to see how it is going on. In
the last quarter, they added 5.2 million new subscribers, a lot more
than analysts ever expected. Most of that has come from overseas were
Netflix has been investing in non- English programming and huge
marketing to spread the word about what they do. They have done well in
the US where they added 1 million subscribers in the last three
months, almost double what was expected of the company. Netflix now
has more than 100 million subscribers around the world, making
it the leader of the pack in the video streaming market. That can be
attributed to original shows like house of cards and oranges new
black, attracting new subscribers. They need to have more shows to
continue that, and they will spend $6 billion this year to do just
that. Joining me is my guest. Thank you
for coming in in. Netflix has been so successful. More than 5 million
subscribers in the last three months, beating expectations. How
are they doing it? Investing in new content and building a great
service. They had 30 million just a few years ago, now they have more
than 100 million. It is all about investing. We looked at some of the
figures and sought revenue for the quarter was almost $3 billion. 2.8.
They are investing a lot more than they are making. They are investing
a lot into acquiring content. They are not making much on the bottom
line. They are spending money on cash to get content and are actually
losing cash every single quarter. They have the expectation they can
double their subscriber base to 2 million. -- 200 million. What will
it mean? 50- 30% profit margin is all the way down to the bottom. If
you double that base, it is roughly the same. That will drop to the
bottom line. That is the theory. We mentioned China and Baidu. It is a
market Netflix wants to get into. That is scheduled for April. If it
is successful, what could that mean? There are 7 million people in China
alone. They have 20 million subscribers. It is a big market.
Netflix is going in through the backdoor. Netflix has not released
how much of a cart they would get by licensing to Baidu they would get.
-- cut. They also have Hollywood quite concerned. They have become
frenemies. On the one hand they are finding these things, and on the
other hand they are competing. They released a movie with Brad Pitt,
both in the movie theatre and at home. It's got banned from Cannes
this year because they are making films no one wants because they are
not actually a movie. They don't go to theatres, they go straight to
Netflix. Cannes wanted to limit that has a contestant. OK. Thank you very
much for your time. It's one of the richest
countries on Earth, But Germany has some systemic
problems, including an ageing population, and a lack
of entrepreneurship. Now, one radical start-up is setting
out to change all that, by handing out a basic income
of 1000 euros a month to dozens of total strangers, with the hope
that it will liberate them Joe Miller reports from Karlsbad
in south-west Germany. When this boy was born, neither of
his parents were able to work. TRANSLATION: I was studying and my
boyfriend came from Mali so neither of us could work. When our child
arrived, we had such big money problems We were wondering what we
could do. This was a possibility, the only one. Three months later, he
became the sole breadwinner, thanks to a radical experiment. The child
is one of almost 100 randomly selected people across Germany
receiving a basic income of 1000 euros a month for a year. Thousands
are queueing up to be the next recipients. Every few weeks, one
gets chosen by raffle, sometimes on prime time German TV. The initiative
is the brainchild of just one young entrepreneur. Ten years ago I
started my own on line business. After a few years of hard work, it
started to work on its own and has changed my life dramatically. I
wanted to find out if it could help other people. I started the crowd
fund money over the Internet to raise money to give it to other
people as a basic income for one year and see how it affects their
lives. The idea of giving everyone a basic income is gaining in
popularity around the globe, even winning the endorsement of
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. With election is looming, a newlyformed
political party is arguing prosperous Germany should introduce
the policy as well. 25% of workers are working in this sector. Basic
income would help them a lot, along with society. There is a lot of
stigma around poor people which could be resolved. We would foster
solidarity in society. Valerie has managed to find employment as an
interior designer. His dad has learnt German and works locally as
well. By the time he grows up, the experiment of his childhood might
just become policy. BBC News. Tesla has added two independent
directors to its board, including the boss of 21st
Century Fox, James Murdoch. The appointments increase the board
size at the electric car and storage The move comes amid criticism
by some shareholders of a lack Some investors believe that too
many of the company's board members have personal or professional
ties to boss Elon Musk. BNP Paribas is the latest in a long
line of banks to be hit The French bank has just been handed
a whopping $246 million dollar fine It's the latest punishment
for traders who allegedly shared information about currency bids
without adequate oversight The scandal has led to billions
of dollars in fines on both sides of the Atlantic, having already hit
the likes of Barclays, RBS, Deutsche Bank,
UBS and JP Morgan Chase Before we go, a quick look at what
the markets have been up to. You can see the figures in the Asian
markets. We have the FTSE. The Nikkei has opened after a public
holiday yesterday. Lots of markets reacting to China's figures
yesterday. You can get in touch with me on Twitter.