Netflix Shares Its Cards -- and That's OK

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) doesn't have House of Cards to itself anymore. The critically acclaimed series became available on Blu-ray and DVD as of Tuesday.

We knew this was coming. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) began taking pre-orders for the four-disc set just weeks after the show rolled out as a streaming exclusive on Netflix. Now that it's here, will this help or hurt Netflix?

In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz explores how we got to this point and why this may actually be a positive for the leading video service.

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  • Report this Comment On June 11, 2013, at 9:03 PM, trdr2012 wrote:

    Exactly.

    No need to buy a disc set of House of Cards at $30.00 a pop and to physically have to store it, when it can be seen as one show in Netflix's vast library.

    Big bonus for NFLX subscribers will be the 2nd season when available (approximate $60+ savings on just one series or 7-8 months subscription streaming fee).

    NFLX's variety of newer and older classic titles is the best deal in town...hands down.

    In good times or bad, people want to be entertained. Netflix is the “go to” place for entertainment. Fact is, unmatched service for the price, and no worthy competitors.

    Word of mouth, social media, software and hardware apps; = growing subscriber base = increasing $revenue$

  • Report this Comment On June 11, 2013, at 9:03 PM, KevinniveK wrote:

    Blithering idiocy

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 10:20 AM, TMFGemHunter wrote:

    Rick,

    Interesting take, but I don't think this argument really holds water. Essentially, if the availability of House of Cards on Amazon is "good" for Netflix, that implies that exclusivity is bad. Yet Netflix is dumping lots of non-exclusive content in order to get a smaller number of exclusive titles! Your argument implies that Netflix is making a strategic blunder by paying extra for exclusives.

    I don't see how you can have it both ways! Either exclusivity is good or it's bad. If you had said that House of Cards on Amazon is a small negative but not very material, I could have agreed with that. I don't think the availability of the DVD will have a big impact on Netflix membership one way or the other.

    Adam

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