Is Amazon.com Beating Netflix at Its Own Game?

Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) streaming video service hasn't yet been able to win many converts over from Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX  )  huge subscriber base. But that could change as the companies enter a new phase of competition over original series.

While Netflix has a one-season head start, Amazon isn't far behind. The Internet retailer just announced the green-lighting of five original shows to be aired exclusively on its Prime Instant service.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos discusses the budding arms race between these streaming giants. This is uncharted territory for both companies, he argues. And while it's too early to tell if the expensive bets will pay off, the best indication will be how many of this first crop of shows get extended into second and third seasons. Investors will want to stay tuned.

The television landscape is changing quickly, with new entrants like Netflix and Amazon disrupting traditional networks. The Motley Fool's new free report "Who Will Own the Future of Television?" details the risks and opportunities in TV. Click here to read the full report!


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