So, because Rich Smith treats Netflix
Rich believes that there is too much content on TV to bother with Netflix. Does he really think that there is more value in paying DirecTV
Rich argues that Netflix is overvalued based on last year's free cash flow. Netflix had how many subscribers at the time? About 2 million? All things being equal, how will free cash flow look come 2012 if the company hits its goal of landing 20 million subscribers?
Rich took the company to task for being cash-flow negative through the first half of this year, but that was the result of the price war hiccup that led to the company getting tripped up in the March quarter. The company had returned to its free cash flow-generating ways by the second quarter.
It's mid-September now, and Rich has that annual decision to make. Does he click and cancel his subscription -- again -- or does he break from tradition long enough to log in to his online brokerage account and click on a "buy" order for shares of Netflix?
One decision may save him some money. But the other is likely to make him even more.
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Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been a Netflix investor -- and subscriber -- since 2002. He does not own shares in any of the other companies mentioned in this tournament match.