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What: Second verse, same as the first. As the trading week winds down to a close, Redbox provider Coinstar (Nasdaq: CSTR ) is running a matinee version of its Friday sell-off of last month. But it's a story with a plot twist. This morning, Coinstar reported a near-doubling of fourth-quarter profit, to $0.68 per share. Business is booming, with revenue up 31% and Redbox-specific revs up 38%.
So what: Great news, huh? So why's the stock down 13%?
Now what: In a word: Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX ) . Or in two words: digital content. As fellow Fool Rick Munarriz explains in today's column on the Coinstar drop, the world of electronic entertainment is going all digital, all the time. Already, the "Net" carries half the "flix" that Coinstar's rival pumps out. Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN ) is thinking along the same lines. Even Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS ) is following Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI ) with an emphasis on online gaming.
Rick summarizes Coinstar's problem: As revenue growth decelerates from 55% earlier this year, to 31% in Q4, the "once-juicy ... kiosk model is starting to become unhinged." Or more succinctly, Coinstar is just a few kiosks away from becoming Blockbuster.
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