Netflix's Creeping Debt Problem

Producing original shows is expensive business.

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos
Demitrios Kalogeropoulos
May 16, 2013 at 6:35PM
Consumer Goods

With its big push into producing exclusive programming, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has had to take on more debt. What's more, the company says that it plans to keep spending on original content, and to fund that investment through more debt in the future.

NFLX Long Term Debt Chart

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In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos argues that the gamble has been a good one, as exclusive shows like House of Cards have created a halo effect around the service that's keeping existing subscribers longer, and making it easier for Netflix to sign up new members. Still, that only works as long as the company's subscriber growth continues, and as long as the hits keep on coming.