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Why Stand-Alone Studio Channels Don't Threaten Amazon and Netflix

By Anders Bylund – May 6, 2013 at 12:05PM

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The New York Post thinks that Time Warner, AMC, and friends will kill Netflix in a flood of single-studio services. Not so fast, says one Fool.

"The video-streaming sector is getting crowded," says Claire Atkinson in a New York Post article. Time Warner (TWX) has launched a video-streaming service for $9.99 a month, with deep access to the famed studio's back catalog. Cable channel AMC (AMCX 3.72%) and on-the-air broadcaster CBS are launching similar online assets. How could Netflix (NFLX 2.08%) possibly survive in a world full of direct access to individual content producers?

In this video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund explains why a spectrum of stand-alone studio channels will never measure up to a well-rounded content aggregator like Netflix -- even if the price were right (which it isn't, in this case). If anything, content collection products from Google (GOOGL 2.81%) and Apple (AAPL 1.56%) might pose a threat, if the tech giants find ways to work around middlemen like and Netflix.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares of Google and 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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