A huge number of Americans spent the three-day weekend binge-viewing the newly released second season of House of Cards, Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX) original political drama starring Kevin Spacey. Netflix's stock got a bump following news that early estimates suggest the newest season of the show was a massive success. But with Netflix owning the rights to so little of the content that it streams, is the company really in control of its own destiny? In this video from Tuesday's edition of Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Motley Fool analysts Taylor Muckerman and Mike Olsen discuss the future of Netflix, and why a company such as the one that will be formed by the upcoming merger between Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may be much better positioned to be in the driver's seat in terms of shaping its future in the media industry.

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