Unlike Netflix, Amazon has a massive ecommerce business, so news about its streaming service wasn’t a headline item in its Q4 2015 earnings, released today. But there was some positive news to be found.
Amazon reported that Prime Video had nearly double the streaming customers in Q4 2015 compared with Q4 2014. It also reported that Prime Music streaming hours more than tripled in the U.S. in Q4 2015 compared with Q4 2014.
Additionally, Amazon announced that its original “The Man in The High Castle” was the most watched series on Prime Video by 4.5x over the holidays.
Overall, Operating income increased 88% to $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with operating income of $591 million in fourth quarter 2014, and for the same period the company posted net income of $482 million, compared to net income of $214 million in fourth quarter 2014.
But the news wasn’t good enough for Wall Street. The Q4 2015 net income amounted to $1 per share, falling short of analysts’ expectations of $1.56 per share, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. The news sent Amazon stock — which had been up as much as 9% today prior to the announcement — dropping 13% in after-hours trading.