What Netflix Has in Common With Pandora

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) followed up on last week's fantastic earnings report by outlining the long-term future of digital media.

In this video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund zooms in on one actionable tidbit from that white paper. Giving users a personalized media experience is key to winning in the digital marketplace. In the video space, nobody can challenge Netflix's deep and refined viewership data and recommendation algorithms. That gives it a competitive advantage against all comers, much the same way that Pandora Media (NYSE: P  ) forged a moat from its Music Genome database.

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  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 2:59 PM, Darwood11 wrote:

    Interesting perspective on NFLX. I'm an investor and continue to hold NFLX. I like a lot of what NFLX is doing and has continued to do.

    I hope that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings simply continues to run the business, instead of pretending to be the talking head at a company such as AAPL.

    Streaming will continue to grow. Providing DVDs makes an alternative access to content. For $7.99 a month unlimited streaming and an additional $7.99 a month for 1-disk out a time DVD (or $4.99 for a monthly limit of 2 disks) it's a dirt cheap alternative to cable. Our cable provider (Comcast) charges about $20 a month for really, really basic (network crap plus QVC, etc. ) .

    Meanwhile, people cream their jeans to get an iPhone and pay $200 for an iPhone 5 and $40 a month. (Sorry for the lucid reference, but that seems to be what it takes to get attention these days.)

    My point? I find it odd that on an investing site, people jump backwards to explain the difficulties of paying $16 a month for a Netflix DVD and streaming account, while flushing far more on an APPL smartphone and monthly contract. Oh, and those minimal monthly smartphone accounts usually include a bare bones data plan.

    Go figure!

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