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Netflix Fought Cable, and Won

Streaming video has reached a huge milestone. Along with its first-quarter earnings report, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) announced it had 29.17 million U.S. subscribers at the end of the quarter, more than cable-TV giant HBO. The company also saw its earnings spike 18% over the past few months, and its stock has taken a sizable jump after the news.

So how did Netflix overtake Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) HBO, when just two years ago the company had enraged its subscribers over spiking prices and the Qwikster debacle? Fool contributor Caroline Bennett takes a closer look at Netflix's latest earnings report, and analyzes whether the company's success is because of its push for original programming, or something else.

While Netflix's first-mover status is often viewed as a competitive advantage, the opportunities in streaming media have brought some new, deep-pocketed rivals looking for their piece of a growing pie. Can Netflix fend off its burgeoning competition, and will its international growth aspirations really pay off? These are must-know issues for investors, which is why The Motley Fool has released a premium report on Netflix. Inside, you'll learn about the key opportunities and risks facing the company, as well as reasons to buy or sell the stock. The report includes a full year of updates to cover critical new developments, so make sure to click here and claim a copy today.


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  • Report this Comment On May 01, 2013, at 5:41 PM, mdeamer wrote:

    They may beat cable but not studios. They just lost almost 2,000 streaming items today.

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