A Fool Looks Back

Sometimes a deal can be a win-win-win situation. Case in point: Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) deal with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSK  ) to help serve video streams to Comcast's Xfinity broadband customers more effectively is a no-brainer for Comcast. It will receive payments from Netflix, and the speed and quality of its video streams that were degrading in recent months should now improve. Comcast won't see cord cutters defect for that reason anymore.

Consumers also win. Comcast customers don't like having to wait for their videos to buffer or check down to a lower quality stream.

And Netflix also wins. Some analysts argue that it could actually be saving money by paying Comcast in this agreement. That's open for debate, but one thing that's important is that it now gives another hoop for potential competitors to deal with as they take on Netflix.

That's win-win-win entertainment.

Briefly in the news
And now let's look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Baidu  (NASDAQ: BIDU  )  moved higher on Thursday after posting stronger-than expected revenue growth. Revenue has accelerated in recent quarters, and investors should get more of the same for now, as China's leading search engine is targeting revenue to grow as much as 60% in the current quarter.
  • Sales continue to go the wrong way for ZAGG  (NASDAQ: ZAGG  ) , but the provider of smartphone and tablet accessories is forecasting a rebound during the second half of this year.
  • SodaStream  (NASDAQ: SODA  )  posted mixed results for the holiday quarter, barely breaking even on a 26% increase in revenue. Sales of its soda makers, flavors, and CO2 refills all rose in the double digits, indicating that the carbonated beverage systems continue to be used by consumers. Margins were a mess, but at least the growth is still there.

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