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Comcast (CMCSA) Enters The Streaming Business: How Far Can It Go?

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There had been a lot of anticipation with regard to the ‘streaming wars’ for most of the year. At least it’s here, with the launch of Apple TV+ (AAPL) and Disney Plus (DIS). However, those two launches simply signify the commencement of the streaming wars.

Comcast To Launch Own Streaming Service in 2020

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NBC Universal, owned by Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), is all set to launch its own streaming service named Peacock in April next year and it is interesting to figure where it is going to stand with regards to the streaming wars. As everyone knows, content and pricing are the most important factors in this regard. Here is a closer look at Peacock.

According to reports, Peacock is apparently going to launch with as much as 15,000 hours worth of content for its users and it is also going to include such cult classic shows like ‘The Office’. More often than not, streaming services need a few ‘anchor shows’ in order to attract users and that seems to be in place at Peacock.

[MARKET PREVIEW] The $40 Billion Dollar Content Gold Rush

Content Providers Eager To Capitalize

Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) is a full-service production company with award-winning upper management. The company specializes in producing both short and feature films as well as scriptwriting and distribution.

Fearless Films has been developing its operations recently which has caught the interest of new investors. One development was a recent news press relating to an agreement with Victor Altomare, the Founder and President of Fearless. The company entered a Letter of Intent to acquire the rights of up to 12 movies from a library held by Mr. Altomare. The price of the acquisition is to be determined at a later date.

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On October 31, Fearless Films (FERLannounced that further to its initial press release on the 16th, the Company has selected The Lunatic as the first film to be selected for appraisal and final negotiation. Fearless will engage an international accounting and advisory firm with a strong film industry practice to provide an independent valuation of the film, following which the company will enter into final negotiations on the purchase.

Companies like Fearless are looking to fill the content needs of companies streaming companies. Jeffrey Cole explained how Apple, for example, needs new content, “I think entertainment’s going to become a key element of Apple’s business. For them, spending $2 billion on [original content] is just dabbling. If they like what they see, I think they’ll have a $10 billion budget.” This is a massive market potential that Fearless Films is looking to capitalize on.

[MARKET PREVIEW] The $40 Billion Dollar Content Gold Rush

What’s In Store For Peacock?

However, it is highly interesting to note that Peacock is going to make an ad-supported free version of the platform available. Initially, it was supposed to be an option for Comcast cable or broadband customers only.

This pricing structure could throw the other companies into chaos, considering no one in the industry offers a free version at this point. Peacock expects to generate $5 per month per user from the free version. Apple TV+ is priced at $4.99 per month but it is free 12 months for users who have purchased a new Apple device. Disney Plus, on the other hand, is priced at $6.99 a month.

A yearly subscription will cost $69.99 a month. Another heavyweight that is going to join the arena in a few months is HBO Max and that is going to set back a customer $14.99 on a monthly basis. However, HBO Max will be available for free for AT&T customers. So, it is clear that the streaming space is heating up and Peacock has come up with a very interesting plan to make a mark.

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Stocks To Buy Or Sell As Streaming Wars Heat Up, Disney (DIS)

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The launch of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS)’s streaming service Disney Plus was the biggest event in the streaming industry this year. This formally launched ‘the streaming wars’. Reports show that right after the launch, the company garnered as many as 10 million sign-ups. However, it should be noted Disney also owns ESPN+ and Hulu.

Strong Growth

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In its latest regulatory filing, the company revealed strong growth for both those services. The numbers could show that Disney Plus is here to stay. It could also show that the company may be on target to reach its goals with all other streaming offerings.

ESPN+ was the first streaming platform that was launched by Disney in 2018. It had managed to attract as many as 1 million subscribers in 6 months. In its latest regulatory filing for the period ended on September 28, the company revealed that it now has 3 million paying subscribers.

In the fourth-quarter conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the service now has 3.5 million subscribers. The company is targeting 8 million to 12 million subscribers for ESPN+ by 2024.

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The acquisition of Fox made Disney the controller of Hulu. After reaching a deal with Comcast, the company assumed full control. Back in May, the company announced that Hulu had 26.8 million subscribers. In the latest regulatory filing, the company revealed that Hulu has 29 million subscribers.

With regard to Disney+, the company stated that it would reveal subscriber data in the quarterly earnings report. It also stated that it’s targeting a subscriber count in the 60 million to 90 million range globally by 2024. The three streaming services could set a pace to provide the company with high growth. Disney stated both ESPN+ and Hulu to be profitable by 2023, while Disney+ could be profitable a year later.

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Disney (DIS) Streaming Business is Getting 1 Million Subscribers a Day

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The so-called ‘streaming wars’ started in earnest this month with the launch of Apple TV+ but it well and truly took off on November 12 when Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) launched its own streaming service Disney Plus. Since its launch, the service has proven to be hugely popular and within a few days, it had managed to garner as many as 10 million new sign-ups.

Big Numbers

 It has now been two weeks since Disney Plus was launched and reports suggest that as many as 1 million subscribers are flocking to the app every day. Apptopia, a research firm, has revealed the staggering details about the sort of success Disney Plus has had over the two weeks.

Since its launch, Disney Plus has been downloaded as many as 15.5 million times. However, it is important to point out that people are not only signing up for the free trial but actually paying the $6.99 monthly fee. Disney offers its service for a significantly lower fee than market leader Netflix.

It is also enormously rich when it comes to programming. In addition to content from Disney, it also features programming from hugely popular Disney owned media properties like Star Wars and Marvel.

More importantly, the service has already started generating revenues according to Apptopia. In the 13 days since the launch, customers have made app purchases to the tune of $5 million in total. An analyst at Wedbush spoke about the reasons behind the impressive performance of Disney Plus so far.

What’s Next For Streaming Stocks?

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Wedbush’s analyst said, “This shows the company is gonna be a legit competitor to the likes of Netflix, despite the skeptics that continue to doubt the House of Mouse. The pricing, the content and the bundling was just a pure genius strategy from [Disney CEO Bob] Iger and Disney.”

At this point in time, the market leader Netflix boasts of 60 million paying subscribers in the United States and 97 million globally. In this regard, it should be noted that Disney Plus is yet to go big with its international expansion and when it does, a clearer picture could emerge. Analysts also said that Disney’s $12.99 a month offering that bundles Disney Plus, ESPN and Hulu is also showing strong demand.

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Is It Time To Buy Or Sell Netflix; Streaming Wars Heat Up

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Streaming Wars Continue To Expand But Is Netflix Still A Top Contender?

The streaming wars have commenced this month with the launch of Disney Plus and Apple TV+. Many more services are going to be launched over the coming months and the sole purpose of these services is to topple the biggest name in the streaming services, Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX). The streaming giant has had a hard time this year, due to disappointing subscriber growth.

Increased Competition

The emergence of competition at such a juncture has further made life difficult for the company. The stock is trading at its lowest point this year and it is interesting to figure out whether the Netflix stock is a buy.

One thing that needs to point out with regards to the stock is that some experts would call the current valuations a bit over the top. The stock is trading at 20 times the book value and 99 times its trailing earnings.

Moreover, some analysts also believe that competitors are definitely going to eat into subscriber growth to some extent as well. However, the company’s CEO Reed Hastings has a completely different view on the competition. That could challenge Netflix.

He has actually welcomed the competition. He also said that the emergence of so many streaming options is going to lead to even more cord-cutting. In other words, more customers are going to subscribe to streaming services and opt-out of satellite and cable. If that is the case then Netflix should continue to thrive even after the emergence of tough competition.

While there are legitimate reasons for the gloomy outlook from many analysts, it is also true that the very nature of consuming entertainment is changing. In the long run, could Netflix be able to grow?

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