Netflix Inc. said its video-streaming service topped 62 million subscribers worldwide in the first quarter, as original shows such as “House of Cards” drew new viewers globally. The shares soared.
U.S. subscribers jumped by 2.28 million, while international customers rose 2.6 million, the Los Gatos, California-based company said Wednesday on its website. Both figures beat the company’s Jan. 20 forecast. Sales grew 24 percent to $1.57 billion, matching analysts’ projections.