An Off-Target Attempt to Derail Streaming Stocks

An Off-Target Attempt to Derail Streaming Stocks

Target did Netflix a huge favor by introducing a new streaming service, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

How so? Target's Ticket offering is undifferentiated. Shoppers can sign up to rent or buy titles, just like the services offered by retail rivals Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Streaming isn't on the menu, which means Target isn't so much after Netflix as it is Apple's iTunes, a market leader that already supports more than 800,000 TV and 350,000 movie downloads daily.

Think about what that says. Target has plenty of resources. So does Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Apple. And yet no one other than and Redbox has shown any interest in competing with Netflix directly, and even those two hedge by offering new-release rentals.

Will it continue to be this way? Just how durable is Netflix's advantage? Tim answers these questions and more in the video. Please click below to watch now.

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