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Snapchat (SNAP): Why The Stock is Flying This year?

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Snapchat (SNAP – Stock Info) maybe one of the most popular social media platforms in the world but none of that actually reflects in the performance of the company’s stock. The fact that Snap is primarily aimed at a younger demographic has made it one of the most interesting companies among most investors.

The company had its initial public offering back in 2017 but the performance of the stock has been disappointing and has failed to scale the high of $27 that it had scaled two years ago. That being said, there are experts who believe that changes are afoot and there is a bull case to be made in favor of Snapchat.

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Strong Growth for Snapchat

The wheels are turning in the company’s favor and there is a growing belief that Snap could grow at a faster rate than its rivals over the next few years. Considering the fact that the stock is trading at $14.55, it could generate significant returns for investors.

One of the more important developments has been the rollout of the much-improved version of the Android version of the app. In the past, users had complained that the Android version was simply not up to the mark and since the number of Android users is so high, it made good business sense to roll out a new app altogether. This measure is expected to significantly boost the daily active users on the app.

Snapchat User Experience

However, that is not all. Snap has also launched new features that could enhance the user experience significantly. The company has already launched a gaming platform but the company is also considering a feature by way of which users could add licensed music to their Snapchat videos. The company is apparently working on music deals to make it happen.

Last but not least, Facebook had earlier introduced a photo messaging app called Direct as a part of Instagram and was clearly meant to be a Snap rival. However, Facebook eventually pulled the plug on Direct and the demise of a rival backed by the social media giant is surely good news for Snap.

Although the bull case has gathered pace, experts believe that there are a few concerns that will be at the back of the mind of investors. The company’s management has always been a bit unpredictable and their decision to brand Snap as a ‘camera company’ did not go down well with many. Moreover, retail investors do not get any voting power and Snap’s management event decided against a yearly shareholder event. Although those worries are there, it cannot be denied that there are plenty of positive signs for the company at the moment.

So far this year, SNAP stock has rocketed 150% from $5.80 to $14.56 as of June 21.

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Is The Entertainment Streaming Market Ready For Its Next Move?

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New Streaming Options Have Opened A Big Door For Content Providers

As many experts have pointed out, the end of 2019 is going to see the commencement of the ‘streaming wars’ as more and more companies enter the OTT market to challenge the supremacy of Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX). The launch of the streaming service Disney Plus last week formally launched the streaming wars.

Do Content Providers Stand To Benefit?

According to an article published on Reuters the global video streaming market was valued at $26.27 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $83.41 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2015 to 2022. Apple, Disney, Netflix, Amazon, NBC, Hulu & more are all competing within the global video streaming market and they all need the same thing… new & original content. Massive demand may create a huge opportunity for companies like Fearless Films (FERL).

Fearless Films is an independent full-service production company. This is the exact type of company that can benefit from what could become one of the biggest cash grabs in entertainment history and here’s why. You’ve likely heard of the big production houses: Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Red Crown Productions and others who benefited from big deals with streaming companies.

It isn’t just Netflix who’s flexing billions in content budgets, Apple, Amazon, Disney, NBC, Roku – the list goes on. These are huge entertainment distributors who are now fighting for one thing… Where you spend your waking hours streaming entertainment.

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Key Analysis On Streaming Service Providers

Considering the fact that the new service has already garnered 10 million users, it’s fair to say that it is here to say. Considering the fact that Apple has already launched its own service and many other services are going to be launched in the next few months, experts are now wondering whether the streaming space has become too crowded.

The success of Game of Thrones has ushered in an era of unprecedented spending for quality content. The show generated total profit to the tune of $2.2 billion for HBO, which is owned by AT&T. Hence, video streaming companies have also decided to spend jaw-dropping sums on original content. Apple has earmarked $6 billion for original content, while Disney is expected to match that.

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Both companies are trying to create that one show that could turn into a cash cow. On the other hand, Apple is going to price is monthly subscription at $4.99 and Disney is going to charge $6.99 for the same. In such a situation, one can expect Netflix to change tack since its cheapest subscription is worth $12.99.

So, the crowding is quite apparent as mega corporations enter the streaming space. However, the question remains whether the business is going to grow and new subscribers are going to flock in. Studies suggest that it will grow and up until 2024, the streaming market should grow by 18.8% each year. In 2024, the market is going to be worth $687 billion. Hence, it is quite clear that despite the intense competition that is going to come to the streaming space, there is still room for companies to grow and become profitable.

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Disclaimer: Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and Fearless Films Inc. (FERL), Midam has been paid $94,980 by Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 17, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about Fearless Films Inc. (FERL). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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Is ROKU Stock a Buy Or Hold on Disney, Apple & Streaming TV Growth?

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The streaming wars have are well underway with the launch of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV+ and Disney Plus this month. However, amidst all the companies involved in this niche, streaming device manufacturer Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) could prove to be a bit of a dark horse.

The stock suffered a slump following its Q3 2019 financial results but since then it has regained much of the losses. While it is true that the losses widened from the year-ago period, experts believe that Roku is a stock that could have long term growth potential.

Moreover, it should be noted that the stock has gained 360% in 2019 so far. Furthermore, the addition of ROKU as yet another option is even more proof that content providers have become a big focus right now.

Streaming Growth

Devices for streaming have already become highly popular and currently, its devices allow people to have access to a range of OTT platforms. In addition to that, Roku’s operating system is integrated into a wide range of smart TVs. This gives it a bigger share of the market than competitors like Google and Amazon.

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However, in addition to its offerings in streaming, the company has also launched its own speakers. An advertising-related business called Roku Channel was also created. Moreover, it should be noted that despite the slight rise in losses, the company’s growth has been robust.

Investors Focus On Content Providers

Right Now streaming services like Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) are spending billions of dollars on original content. According to Media Post:

“Netflix’s 2019 costs to buy, produce and license content will be $15 billion — up from $12 billion in 2018. 2019 marketing costs are pegged at $2.9 billion.”

As per their latest press release, Fearless Films (FERL) is the parent company of its wholly-owned subsidiary Fearless Films Inc. (Canada). Fearless Canada is an independent full-service production company founded by award-winning actor, producer Victor Altomare along with award-winning writer and director Goran Kalezic, Fearless Canada produces top-quality entertainment with an edge.

On October 16, 2019, Fearless Films (FERL) entered into a Letter of Intent with company founder Victor Altomare to acquire the rights to up to twelve movies from a library held by Victor Altomare. Among the films being considered for acquisition are:

  • The Lunatic
  • Bag the Wolf
  • The Great Chameleon

If you haven’t heard of these films, that’s quite alright and here’s why. Many of the streaming services with original content want to find entertainment that can be mass distributed by them first.

Ever hear of Lilyhammer? If you’re an avid Netflix and “Chill-er”, you know that the streaming giant picked up the first season to test the waters of this “not so mainstream” mob-based show.

What followed was almost cult-like. Lilyhammer was promoted as “the first time Netflix offered exclusive content.” The series went on to see 3 full seasons. Throughout the 3 season run of Lilyhammer Netflix was not the company behind the series, the just owned the exclusive licensing, a company called NRK owned it.

Right now, Fearless Films (FERL) is putting the pieces in place to amass an entertainment offering while bringing on notable names in the industry, and it’s happening at the exact moment streaming companies are ramping up their spends for original content.

Will Roku Push The Upper Limits?

Roku generated $260.9 million in revenues in the third quarter and that reflects a rise of 50% from the year-ago period. In addition to that, the number of users is also rising at a fast clip and in the third quarter, it added as many as 1.7 million new accounts. At the end of the third quarter, Roku had 32.3 million accounts.

Last but not least, the acquisition of Dataxu could also prove to be strategically vital for the company’s ad-tech business. Experts believe that there is still some time before the company can become profitable. However, if one is looking for a growth stock then there are very few that can compete with Roku.

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Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and Fearless Films Inc. (FERL), Midam has been paid $94,980 by Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 17, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about Fearless Films Inc. (FERL). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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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.

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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.

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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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Pursuant to an agreement between Midam Ventures LLC and Fearless Films Inc. (FERL), Midam has been paid $94,980 by Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) for a period from October 1, 2019 to November 17, 2019. We may buy or sell additional shares of Fearless Films Inc. (FERL) in the open market at any time, including before, during or after the Website and Information, to provide public dissemination of favorable Information about Fearless Films Inc. (FERL). Click Here For Full Disclaimer.

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