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Roku shares fell as much as 10% in extended trading on Thursday after the video-streaming company issued fourth-quarter revenue and firstr-quarter revenue guidance that came in below consensus.

Here’s how the company did:

Earnings: 17 cents per share, adjusted, vs. 9 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue: $865.3 million, vs. $894.0 million as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Revenue grew by 33% year over year in the quarter, according to a statement, compared with 51% growth in the third quarter and 81% in the second quarter.

With respect to guidance, Roku called for $720 million in first-quarter revenue, which implies 25% revenue growth. The Refinitiv revenue consensus was $748.5 million.

Roku reported 60.1 million active accounts in the fourth quarter. That figure was up 17% year over and year and more than the 59.5 million that analysts polled by StreetAccount had been looking for.

In the fourth quarter, the company’s Platform segment, which includes digital advertising subscription and revenue sharing and sales of branded buttons on remote controls, generated $703.6 million in revenue, up 49% and lower than the StreetAccount consensus of $732.2 million. The segment’s gross margin came in at 60.5%, narrowing from 65.0% in the third quarter.

Player revenue, from sales of streaming players and audio devices, totaled $161.7 million, declining 9% as analysts surveyed by StreetAccount had expected $162.5 million.

During the quarter Roku said it had completed an agreement with Google to keep YouTube and YouTube TV on its service.

Excluding the after-hours move, Roku stock has fallen about 37% since the start of 2022, while the S&P 500 index is down about 8% over the same period.

Executives will discuss the results with analysts on a conference call starting at 5 p.m. ET.

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