Netflix sputters, but loses less than expected

Netflix says it suffered its first quarterly loss in seven years but the first-quarter setback Netflix announced Monday was far smaller than investors expected

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    This March file photo shows the Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix announced on Monday, April 23, 2012, it suffered its first quarterly loss in seven years as the video subscription service dealt with rising licensing fees and the bill for an international expansion. Netflix Inc. lost $4.6 million, or 8 cents per share, during the quarter. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Netflix says it suffered its first quarterly loss in seven years as the video subscription service dealt with rising licensing fees and the bill for an international expansion.

The first-quarter setback announced Monday was far smaller than investors expected.

In another encouraging sign, the company's subscriber growth accelerated during the first three months of the year. That provided further evidence that Netflix Inc. is recovering from a U.S. customer backlash triggered by a sharp price increases last summer.

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The company ended March with 26.5 million Internet video subscribers.

Netflix Inc. lost $4.6 million, or 8 cents per share, during the quarter. That compared with net income of $60 million, or $1.11 per share, at the same time last year.

Revenue climbed 21 percent from last year to $870 million.

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