Is This Verizon's Shot Across Netflix's Bow?

Verizon's (NYSE: VZ  ) partnership with Coinstar (NASDAQ: OUTR  ) to launch Redbox instant streaming service has made a lot of headlines lately, and many people see it as a direct threat to Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) streaming empire.

While the rival service is clearly leveled at Netflix's price point, that doesn't mean it will be enough to knock Netflix from its perch. For one, Netflix has already secured a distribution network that will be tough to match. The company is also years ahead of the competition with regard to its streaming library, which has different economics from DVD rentals. This isn't to say that it isn't a value-add for Verizon or Coinstar, but probably not enough to legitimately threaten Netflix's empire.

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