A New Yahoo! TV Strategy Could Pay Off Nicely

Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO  ) is entering the crowded market for original online programming. Will the strategy pay off? Fool contributor Tim Beyers examines the prospects for a more expansive Yahoo! TV effort in the following video.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! is aiming to produce a series of 10-episode half-hour sitcoms. That could be a great move, Tim says, especially when you consider that Netflix, HBO, and AMC Networks have spent so much producing award-winning dramas. Yahoo! could be catering to an underserved genre.

The timing is also interesting. CEO Marissa Mayer touted Yahoo!'s TV partnerships in her January keynote speech at CES, including an exclusive deal for online SNL clips. AMC, meanwhile, has only just begun to fund scripted comedy, while Netflix has high hopes, but no confirmed plans, for future seasons of Arrested Development. HBO's Veep and Silicon Valley stand out as the most likely rivals for new Yahoo! comedy programming, though Sony's Crackle has dipped its toe in the genre with Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Regardless of how the landscape evolves, what should matter to investors is that Yahoo! is expanding its footprint without playing the copycat. Tim says that should yield benefits.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What do you think of Yahoo!'s TV strategy? Will you be tuning in when the network launches new programs? Please watch the video to get the full story, and then leave a comment to let us know your take, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Yahoo! stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2014, at 10:19 PM, derbydog85 wrote:

    I agree with you here. Tim. I didn.t realize that Yahoo would be into the comedy arena, so that is good. The proceeds from Alibaba should be helpful with the R&D for future ventures, N'est pas? Any news on what Yahoo will do with that 25% of Alibaba? Wow talk about excitement! I really believe Yahoo has a bright future, and the stock price is a steal at these levels....March on Tim,Fools!

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Tim Beyers

Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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