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Did Comcast Just Kill Netflix?

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics around the investing world.

The online-streaming game continues to heat up. Today it's Comcast that's throwing its hat into the ring by rolling out its own Netflix-like streaming service. This move puts the No. 1 and No. 2 video subscription services firmly in the arena of streaming content. If nothing else, it cements streaming video's position as the content-delivery medium of the future, and investors need to take note today.

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  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2012, at 8:52 PM, foolindeed1 wrote:

    Oh boy, Fool's is probably owned by Amazon. I see no other explanation why so-called "analysts" of this web site so much in love with Amazon while they constantly trash all and any Amazon's competitors like Netflix, Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc.

    So now Comcast's entrance into video streaming means "death" to Netflix but of course not even a dent to Amazon...

    The bias of Fool's site is so obvious that it 's not even funny. Does anyone with a brain out there even pays attention to what this site writes anymore?

    I doubt it very much...

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2012, at 9:49 PM, TMFBWItime wrote:


    Thank you for your comment. You can actually see on My Caps page that i'm one of the rare Netflix bulls.

    As for the damage to Netflix vs. Amazon, I believe that entries like this will force Netflix to partner with a larger competitor with deeper pockets in order to acquire more content.

    Content is not cheap, and Netflix is cash poor compared to Comcast and Amazon.

    Also, at 2:30 I state that "I believe Netflix will outperform in the future".

    Thank you for your comments!

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