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NENT, the Swedish firm difficult streaming giants reminiscent of Netflix within the Nordics, reported an increase in subscribers and quarterly working revenue because it expands past Scandinavia.

Its Viaplay streaming service added 140,000 subscribers within the quarter, together with 27,000 in international locations exterior the Nordics the place it began providing its companies in March.

Complete subscribers rose 21% to three.29 million.

NENT raised its full-year worldwide Viaplay subscriber goal to 500,000 from greater than 250,000, and expects so as to add at the least 400,000 paying subscribers within the Nordics.

Viaplay provides films, collection and sports activities by means of its streaming service, which is accessible within the Nordic international locations together with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

“Our mix of content, especially the fact that we are producing locally relevant content, and combine that with sports puts us in a different position compared to, for example, Netflix,” CEO Anders Jensen mentioned in an interview.

It plans to launch in Poland subsequent month, the USA later this 12 months and eight different worldwide markets by the top of 2023 with a goal of 10.5 million subscribers by 2025.

Viaplay will launch round Christmas in the USA, the place the corporate is contemplating working with channel companions reminiscent of Amazon and Roku, alongside its personal app, Anders mentioned.

Producing authentic exhibits and films proved crucial for the success of Netflix and Hulu, and NENT is following the identical path.

It has been creating personal darkish, psychological crime exhibits reminiscent of “Wisting” and “Darkness: Those who kill,” and plans to premiere at the least 50 originals this 12 months.

NENT additionally plans to provide two main English-language movies yearly and its first undertaking will probably be “Hilma,” a biopic of the revolutionary Swedish artist Hilma af Klint.

Adjusted working revenue rose to 244 million Swedish crowns ($28.08 million) from 156 million a 12 months earlier.

Gross sales rose 31% to three.07 billion crowns, however fell wanting the imply 3.11 billion anticipated by analysts, Refinitiv Eikon estimates confirmed.

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