) is streaming the final seasons of NBC Universal shows
along with the latest season of
. Currently, all the 192 episodes of
and 135 episodes of
are available to Netflix subscribers.
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The success of
season finale has been attributed to the buzz created by Netflix,
which streamed all the past seasons prior to the start of the
final installment. Although we do not expect the same level of
interest around these current shows, we believe that the
additions will expand Netflix's content portfolio.
Amid significant competition from the likes of HBO,
) and other cable providers, the company remains focused on
expanding its subscriber base through content acquisition and
production of original shows.
Netflix' partnerships with the likes of AMC, Fox Television
Studios, CBS, PBS Distribution and DreamWorks have helped it to
venture into different genres like comedy, political thrillers,
autobiographies and horror.
Netflix's partnership with Fox Television Studios will revive
, a television crime drama, whose production was cancelled by AMC
in 2012. It is also considering streaming drama series
, which will join other original shows such as
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
. The company plans to double the number of original programs in
Moreover, the company's international expansions in the
Netherlands and the recent partnerships with cable television
service providers Virgin Media (in United Kingdom) and Com Hem
(in Sweden) on
) set-top boxes is a major positive in our view. The company is
also looking for such kind of partnerships in the U.S., which
will further boost its subscriber base going forward.
However, rising content cost is a major headwind in our view.
Moreover, original programs require higher investment in
promotional activities to generate interest among the target
audience, which hurts profitability. Additionally, loss from the
international business, due to higher content and marketing
costs, is another concern in the near term.
Currently, Netflix has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).