Netflix Inc. , the video rental company, reported higher quarterly profit and revenue, adding 3.3 million U.S. customers and cementing its status as the hottest service for TV and movie streaming.

Netflix posted first-quarter earnings of $60.2 million, or $1.11 a share -- up from $32.3 million, or 59 cents a share, in the period a year ago. Revenue rose 46 percent to $719 million, it said on Monday.

(Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Gary Hill)