Netflix's $5.6 Billion Obligation Is Key to Its Success

In the following video, Motley Fool consumer goods analyst Blake Bos does a breakdown for investors of how Netflix accounts for its content library as intangible assets on its balance sheet. He notes that Netflix's model of offering unlimited access to content for a certain length of time can be quite expensive, and that the company currently showed $1.37 billion in liabilities for current content, and $1.1 billion for non-current liabilities. Blake tells investors how to get an accurate picture of Netflix's costs as it acquires new content, and these numbers continue to grow. He also shows what level of liability growth would be unsustainable at its current subscriber growth rate.

The tumultuous performance of Netflix shares since the summer of 2011 has caused headaches for many devoted shareholders. While the company's first-mover status is often viewed as a competitive advantage, the opportunities in streaming media have brought some new, deep-pocketed rivals looking for their piece of a growing pie. Can Netflix fend off this burgeoning competition, and will its international growth aspirations really pay off? These are must-know issues for investors, which is why The Motley Fool has released a premium report on Netflix. Inside, you'll learn about the key opportunities and risks facing the company, as well as reasons to buy or sell the stock. The report includes a full year of updates to cover critical new developments, so make sure to click here and claim a copy today.

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