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© AFP/File | Netflix reported strong gains in profits and subscribers in what it called a "beautiful" fourth quarter

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - 

Netflix shares raced higher in after-hours trade Monday as the streaming television giant reported better-than-expected gains in its global subscriber base and a quarterly profit that nearly tripled from a year ago.

In its fourth quarter report, Netflix said it added 8.3 million new subscribers to bring its total paid membership base to 110.6 million.

Net profit in the quarter surged to $186 million from $67 million a year earlier as the leader in streaming video saw growth ramp up in many parts of the world. Revenue for the quarter rose 33 percent to $3.3 billion.

"We had a beautiful Q4, completing a great year as internet TV expands globally," said a Netflix letter to shareholders with the quarterly report.

"In 2017, we grew streaming revenue 36 percent to over $11 billion, added 24 million new memberships (compared to 19 million in 2016), achieved for the first time a full-year positive international contribution profit, and more than doubled global operating income."

Shares in Netflix vaulted higher by some nine percent in after-market trade following the earnings report for the television giant, which has been on a tear with its programs like "The Crown" and "Stranger Things."

As it has shifted more to original content, Netflix has been winning awards for its shows and has helped shake up both the television and film industries with its deep pockets.

By delivering over the internet, Netflix is available in some 200 markets worldwide with the goal of being a global TV network, and now produces programs in several languages.

Netflix said it now expects to spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content for 2018.

"We believe our big investments in content are paying off," the statement said.

"In 2017, average streaming hours per membership grew by nine percent year-over-year."

© 2018 AFP