Netflix has more subscribers outside of the US for the first time, as the media company saw sales jump by a third in Q2.

The House of Cards producer now has 52 million subscribers internationally versus 51.9 million in its home market.

It added 4.1 million customers in markets from the Netherlands to New Zealand during the second quarter.

The company exceeded a forecast of 3.2 million net additions by two million, after gaining 1.1 million new customers in the United States.

The company suggested it had been conservative in its predictions: “We are cognisant of the lessons of prior quarters when we over-forecasted and there was lumpiness in net adds,” it said in a letter to shareholders.

International streaming sales jumped from $758 million 12 months ago to $1.17 billion at the end of June, while losses slimmed to $13 million from $69 million.

Netflix predicted that the international division would be profitable for 2017 as a whole.

Altice is the latest telco to sign a deal with Netflix, having penned a multi-country agreement last month.

The US company again talked up the mutually beneficial nature of such partnerships: “Our partners gain more customers and can upsell existing subscribers to higher ARPU packages, while Netflix gains more reach and awareness with consumers across a market.”

It added: “We are likely to expand this approach as a complement to our direct-to-consumer primary approach.”

As some telcos and Apple push into content production and the likes and Amazon and Google expand their portfolios, Netflix said there was room for many to be successful.

“The shift from linear TV to on-demand viewing is so big and there is so much leisure time, many internet TV services will be successful,” it said.

“The internet may not have been great for the music business due to piracy, but, wow, it is incredible for growing the video entertainment business around the world.”

In the US, streaming sales grew by $300 million year-on-year to $1.5 billion and profits grew from $414 million to $560 million.

Across the board, Netflix saw net income jump from $40.75 million to $65.6 million.

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