SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 11, 2011 07:00 ET

Could Netflix Suffer the Same Fate as Blockbuster?

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Blockbuster & Netflix

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) - The electronic video audience has been growing at an exponential rate in recent years. With Netflix surging in popularity -- posting a staggering 20 million subscriber base -- many other prominent tech firms are taking steps to connect consumers with movies and TV shows. Recent reports that the internet kingpin Facebook is going to let users rent movies directly from the site has sparked shareholder concern that the social network could do to Netflix what Netflix has done to Blockbuster. The Bedford Report examines the Music & Video Stores Industry and provides research reports on Blockbuster, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BLOAQ) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-BLOAQ

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-NFLX

Shares of Netflix have been on the downswing since news broke that Warner Bros. would release popular film "The Dark Knight" on Facebook. It will cost 30 credits (Facebook's virtual currency) or $3, for a 48-hour rental, via an app the studio has built for the site. Facebook has 600 million registered users, and due to its social games, many of them are already using the site's virtual currency.

 Though the Warner Bros. rental is only a trial, consensus is that it will likely turn into a permanent program. The news caused Goldman Sachs to note that on a longer-term basis, "Facebook could become a credible threat to Netflix."

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Netflix's meteoric rise is often linked to Blockbuster's demise. Yesterday Blockbuster resolved disputes with creditors over a sale proposal that would help the company avoid liquidation. Liquidating Blockbuster would shut down its remaining 5,000 stores and put approximately 20,000 employees out of a job. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn commented on the matter, saying in a court filing a sale was in the best interest of the company. Hedge fund Monarch Capital submitted a bid for the company, but that was opposed by a large number of landlords and Hollywood studios.

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