In the new age of media all roads lead to streaming content. Whether it's music, movies or TV Shows, how entertainment gets delivered is never going to be the same.
As this secular change takes place, traditional media companies are now scrambling to get their piece of action.
Where this "movie" really gets interesting for investors is the path they are going take to claim their share of the streaming pie - especially if you own Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX)
That because Netflix has laid the groundwork to be the leader in the new world of streaming media. And on Jan, 23, the plot thickened even more when the company reported its Q4/2012 earnings and blew away everyone's expectations.
Netflix posted earnings per share of 13 cents on revenues of $945 million. Both handily beat consensus estimates, which called for a loss off 13 cents per share and revenues of only $934 million.
But one of the most important items for investors to note from the earnings release was that Netflix added over 2 million new domestic subscribers (at $7.99 per month) in the fourth quarter. In all, NFLX ended the year with 25.47 million paid subscribers - well ahead of expectations.
As a result, the company's is up 66% in eight trading days. The rocketing share price has pushed its trailing 12-month P/E up to 578 and the forward P/E to 60.
Now ordinarily gaudy numbers like these would make me pass on a company like this as an investment - but "hold" on while I make a case for Netflix.
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Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) - the web-based DVD rental company - is locked in a row with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) that could have significant implications for the management of the Internet as a whole.
At the heart of the conflict is Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT), a little-known network operator that handles Netflix content. Comcast has increased the fees it charges Level 3 to carry streaming Netflix videos over its cable network. That decision goes against conventional principles of so-called "network neutrality," under which network operators exchange traffic for free when similar amounts of information flow in each direction. Such exchanges are known as "peering."
Net neutrality also prohibits network owners like Comcast from discriminating against Internet companies by blocking or slowing access too their content.
Barnes & Noble Sale Won't Rid the Retailer of its Woes
Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS) announced late Tuesday that it would put itself up for sale. But even with its recent struggles analysts aren't sure of what the company hopes to accomplish.
"There are companies that do this because they have to and there are companies that do this because they have impatient shareholders and I'm not sure what's driving this kind of statement," Michael Norris, a senior analyst at Simba Information, told The Associated Press. "It just seems daft."
The company's board said that it believed Barnes & Noble stock was "significantly undervalued" and that it had established a special committee to review its options.
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