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Roku Q4 2018 preliminary earnings (Jan. 7, 2019)

Roku isn't due to announce its earnings for the fourth quarter until February, but today it released some preliminary data to whet our (and mostly, investors') appetites.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Roku now has more than 27 million active accounts, up 40 percent year over year, and a more-than 4 million-account increase from Q3 2018.
  • Streaming hours in the fourth quarter — that is, how much all those accounts are actually watching — were at 7.3 billion hours for Q4, up about 68 percent year over year. (And that's up from 6.2 billion hours in the third quarter.)
  • Total streaming hours for 2018 are about 24 billion hours, up 61 percent from 2017.

The fourth quarter of the year, of course, also is where we find Black Friday and Christmas holiday sales.

The preliminary numbers were received well by Wall Street, which sent Roku's stock up slightly more than 25 percentage points, to 42.18.

Roku Q3 2018 earnings

Roku today announced its Q3 2018 earnings. Here's what you need to know:

  • Roku now has 23.8 million active accounts, up 1.8 million from Q2, some 7.1 million more than Q3 2017.
  • Net revenue was up 39 percent year over year to $173.4 million.
  • Gross profit was up 58 percent year over year to $79 million.
  • More than half of the new accounts were from "licensed sources," which basically means Roku TVs. (Roku still says a quarter of all new smart TVs sold is running Roku.)

Wall Street expected more, giving Roku's stock a hit, but we're not Wall Street. Roku also raised its expectations a bit for Q4, though it's still anticipating a net loss.

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