Disney+ (Plus) and the Top Streaming Stocks to Buy in 2019
The streaming space is becoming more and more competitive as Apple and Disney have now launched their streaming service. A few days ago, Disney+ announced it signed up 10 million subscribers on a single day, the first day it launched.
Amazon Prime and Netflix are also strong players with a good offering of original content. They also have the advantage of already being popular for several years. The secular trend of moving from cable to streaming still poses a big opportunity for growth and the battle to get market share is expected to become more intense.
Top Streaming Stocks
The recent launch of Apple+ was received with mixed results but there are more original content in the pipeline. The transition from hardware to service is coming along nicely and many analysts still consider it a buy or a top pick.
(A Top Pick Oct 23/20, Up 29%) He bought this in 2005. He's done extremely well and there's lots of runway ahead. Tailwinds: 5G is coming and 1.4 billion phones out there will need to upgrade, and a 93% customer loyalty rate. Supply delays will mean deferred purchases, not cancellations.
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
Disney+ launched on November 12 to much anticipation. They reported good numbers from their Dutch test. The company can leverage their content to attract subscribers and are the best equipped to compete with Netflix.
A safer reopening bet than AMC in light of Merck announcing an anti-Covid pill today. It got crushed recently, but he sees a lot more upside in a post-Covid world.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q)
One of the first largely known streaming service across the world. There are concerns of increased competition in the space and analysts are worried the company is losing its first mover advantage. Nevertheless, cable cutting trends will help Netflix gain additional subscribers.
They report Tuesday. They should have a ton of new subscribers, driven by the hit Korean show, The Squid Game.
A very diverse company that offers streaming through it’s Amazon Prime Video service. The subscription segment is growing and paying off, allowing them more consistent and growing revenue.
(A Top Pick Jun 10/21, Down 1%) You can buy it here. People are worried about supply chains and anti-trust, which is not a concern. Continues to innovate and grow. Huge player in AI. Large, embedded infrastructure. Huge free cashflow generator and invests that in the future. Outstanding value right now.
Roku Inc (ROKU-Q)
A unique play in the streaming space as it acts as a conduit for several thousand different apps. It’s a volatile stock but they facilitate the move from cable to streaming.
Canada Streaming Movers
Cineplex Inc (CGX-T)
The company is reporting earnings today. They are diversifying away from cinema which has added to debt but helped them diversify. There is a general downward trend to the movement. However, many investors buy this stock for the dividends.
People own this for the dividend, and pre-Covid this company was innovative with preferred seating and cafes, and programming opera and sports. But this is a difficult environment now; he doesn't see people returning to cinemas given social distancing. Also, the studios are releasing films on streaming. True, a lot of blockbusters will be released,…
Shaw Communication (B) (SJR.B-T)
Its recent move into streaming weighed on Shaw due to increased competition in the wireless space as well as streaming. It pays a good dividend near 4% and is in a safer oligopolistic industry.
Rogers Communications (B) (RCI.B-T)
Rogers is a diversified telecom company that also offers Anyplace TV that lets subscribers watch tv on demand. They missed on earnings and the stock price pulled back so it could be a good chance to buy it on sale.
RCI.B-T vs. SJR.B-T. He is not buying either right now. He owns Bell and Telus. There is deal risk in the merger between Rogers and Shaw. You might want to take the money and run if you hold Shaw. Both are fairly priced.
BCE Inc. (BCE-T)
The BCE Premium TV channel let’s customers watch sports online. They pay out a good dividend that is considered safe. They recently reported earnings that were on par with expectations.
BCE vs. T Likes telecoms in general, giving a mix of some growth with very good dividend yields. Telus yield looks secure, with about a 5% growth rate. Yield about 4.4%. He prefers BCE, with a yield of 5.44% and its consistent cashflow and growth. Media, sports teams, and different networks are helpful to BCE's…
Quebecor Inc (B) (QBR.B-T)
Through Vidéotron, the company offers club illico that let’s subscribers stream content, mostly focusing on French Canadian content. This telco has a strong presence in Quebec and is also active in Ontario.
Very cheap compared to peers. Challenge now is national expansion clarity. A cosy little monopoly in Quebec, but how will they compete against the big boys? Company wants to return capital to shareholders, which means share buybacks and dividend increases. You can buy a bit if it gets to $29-30, but don't expect it to…