Screen time royale.
In a quarterly report released today, Netflix claimed that it competes for screen time with Fortnite more than it does HBO.
In the report, Netflix discussed its penetration into overall screen time, which includes TVs and mobile devices that are used for television and movie viewing, video games, and more. Netflix said, “We earn consumer screen time, both mobile and television, away from a very broad set of competitors. We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.”
While the comparison may seem odd, as Netflix is clearly more in line content-wise with HBO, this comment is all about overall consumer screen time, so anything taking up a TV or mobile device, including video games, is seen as competition in this realm. With Fortnite being one of the most popular games in the world, it’s naturally eating into competing services’ screen times.
Later in the report, Netflix mentions YouTube going down for a few minutes in October 2018, which consequentially led to a viewership and subscription sign-up boost for Netflix.
This same report revealed that Netflix has reached over 139 concurrent subscribers worldwide. Furthermore, Netflix reported that over 80 million accounts had streamed Bird Box, and tens of millions of accounts had viewed the shows You, Sex Education and Elite.
Netflix announced it would be increasing prices for all of its streaming subscription plans earlier this week. For more on Netflix, check out all of the new films and shows that hit the service in January 2019.
On the Fortnite side, read about how a community-destroyed iceberg revealed a hidden hatch, and check out all of the Season 7 weekly challenges.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.