Netflix Inc (
will exclusively stream the six-episode season finale of The
Killing, produced by Fox Television Studios. The first three
seasons of the acclaimed series is currently available on
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Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, the detective program
was cancelled by
AMC Networks (
after its second season. Fox Television Studios revived the
series and co-produced its third season along with Netflix.
Netflix's focus on improving user engagement has been the primary
reason behind its success in recent times. In the recently
concluded third quarter of 2013, Netflix's subscriber base
increased 10.87 million year over year to 40.28 million.
Sequentially, total subscriber growth was 2.72 million.
This strong subscriber addition was primarily driven by Netflix's
expanding content portfolio that includes original productions
Orange is the New Black
House of Cards
as well as the complete seasons of popular shows from other
production houses like Fox.
Netflix has inked partnerships with major film studios and
production houses, such as DreamWorks Animation, The Wachowskis
(creators of The Matrix trilogy) and J. Michael Straczynski
(Babylon 5), Gaumont International, Sony Pictures and The
Weinstein Company (TWC).
These deals will help Netflix to stream original shows such as
(some time in 2014) and
over the next 12 months. Netflix is also expected to stream a
psychological thriller (yet to be named) to be created by
directors of the popular show
. The thriller will be produced by Sony Pictures.
The company is also expected to stream drama series
, produced by TWC. In Aug 2013, Netflix also entered into a
multi-year licensing deal with TWC to exclusively stream movies
on a first run basis from early 2016.
The recent partnership deal with
Marvel Entertainment will bring at least four new 13-episode
series and a mini-series based on characters such as Daredevil,
Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage on Netflix beginning 2015.
These deals have not only helped expand Netflix's content
portfolio but also enabled it to venture into different genres
like comedy, political thrillers, autobiographies and horror.
Moreover, the expanded content portfolio provides a significant
competitive edge over peers that include HBO and
Although, Netflix's continuous subscriber loss in its DVD
business and higher spending on content acquisition are concerns,
the company's growing subscriber base and international
expansions are major growth factors in the near term.
Currently, Netflix has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).