Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) airs a handful of original shows, including Emmy winner House of Cards and future awards favorite Orange Is the New Black. But the streaming video veteran doesn't actually produce these shows in-house, preferring to farm that work out to specialists in the field.

Many Netflix skeptics see this outsourcing model as a sign of weakness, doomed to long-term failure. But is that really true?

In the video below, Fool contributor Anders Bylund explains how AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and Time Warner's (NYSE:TWX) HBO actually follow the same model in many cases. Lions Gate (NYSE:LGF) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) may not own any American distribution networks, but they're more than happy to create high-quality content like Breaking Bad or Mad Men for others to distribute. Netflix simply follows a tried-and-true industry practice here.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares of Netflix, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Check out Anders' bio and holdings or follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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