Why Instant Video Isn't a Catalyst for Amazon Stock

Did you know that (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) has officially unveiled 14 pilot episodes for original series? There doesn't seem to be nearly as much interest as the e-tailer would like, which isn't good news for Amazon stock.

Founder Jeff Bezos has made big investments trying to turn Amazon Instant Video into a legitimate Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) alternative. While it may be the best option at this point, it's worth noting that, of the pilots, an offshoot of the movie Zombieland appears to be most watched, with some 4,700 reviews. Alpha House, starring John Goodman, ranks next at just under 2,100 reviews, and it declines sharply from there, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with the Fool's Erin Miller.

By contrast, Netflix's most recent original program -- the horror series Hemlock Grove -- rates four out of five stars from more than 270,000 reviewers as of this writing. More than 890,000 have rated House of Cards. Amazon stock is a good buy because of its leadership positions in e-commerce and Internet infrastructure delivered as a service. Instant Video isn't a factor, nor is it a serious threat -- yet -- to Netflix's long-term profit plan, Tim says.

Do you agree? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then let us know whether you'd buy, sell, or short Amazon stock in the comments box below.

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