Streaming Wars and the Future of Entertainment – Top Stocks to Watch
Entertainment related companies control vast media empires that can influence millions of viewers.
Not only do they produce content, but they also have a significant wait in advertisement if they control their own networks. Companies like Disney can also have derivative products that can produce significant cash-flow. These companies are able to shape culture by their offerings and what they decide to produce.
The Entertainment industry has been in deep transformation for years. It’s shaken up by streaming players and technology companies that are now getting into Entertainment Production. Netflix, Apple, Amazon and the likes are now as much content producers as technology companies.
Who is building the next Media Empire?
Here is a quick overview of the top entertainment production companies stocks you should watch…à
🎬 Entertainment Production
Cineplex Inc (CGX-T)
It looks like they are going to be bought by a UK company. The stock price surged on the announcement, although there is a long period before the deal closes and Cineplex still has a chance of finding a higher bid. They offer a sustainable dividend thanks to theatre traffic remaining constant and with other additions to their revenue stream.
Tricky sector to invest in at the moment(headwinds with the emergence of streaming technology). Large global cinema operators going bankrupt. Consumers looking to reduce spending with higher interest rates and inflation. Hard time to be in this business.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q)
Netflix is the online streaming service that most people know and use. It’s still one of the staples of the online streaming offerings. The space is starting to get crowded with Disney+ and Apple TV+ entering the arena. Their focus on their in-house content, which has won awards and keeps subscribers, will be key as the content war ramps up.
If people don't mind watching commercials, then Netflix will soar. But his gut feeling is that people don't like commercials on Netflix, but he could be wrong.
The iPhone has been a staple in Apple’s line and has been their key product for some years. Now, they are building off their hardware to move into services such as News+ and TV+. Although there isn’t a load of content, more is in their pipeline. They have the budget to make high quality shows, and their advantage of being ingrained in the Apple ecosystem could be a major advantage.
A decline? Lower iPhone orders or just longer lead times? In fact, demand is so strong, deliver times are pushing into November--and that includes China. DEmand for the Apple Watch is also strong. ALl these negative stories are crazy, nothing to do with anything. Sure, there are short-term concerns, but a fine stock to own…
Discovery Communications Inc (DISCB-Q)
A US based media company, that most people will know. Their most well-known network in their collection is probably the Discovery Channel. They also do partnerships and buy distribution rights for sports broadcasting.
Today, Wall Street hailed news of the AT&T and Discovery merger as a transformational blockbuster, but he sees it as the final act in one of the dumbest deals in recent history, AT&T's $85-billion buy of Time-Warner of nearly three years ago. Why would a telephone company buy a media business? Synergy? Really? AT&T took…
IMAX Corp. (IMAX-N)
The stock chart has closely resembled that of Cineplex with pressure from changing consumption patterns. People are watching movies at home rather than going to the cinema. The stock has been range-bound for some time. They are moving into China so there is a chance the stock may pick up.
Cineplex has a similar chart with pressure on the cinema business. IMAX is dead money, until it breaks above $24. It's been range-bound since mid-2017. You can start a small position and see it the breakout happens.
A dividend favourite that has good cash flow. They bought Time Warner, who is a major player in distribution, and production of shows and films. Analysts expect the dividends to continue and the stock is great for those looking for income.
It has disappointed shareholders. It tried to branch into the content business by buying large companies and then letting them go without much explanation. It also cut back its dividend. Verizon is higher quality.
Comcast Corp (CMCSA-Q)
A cable and broadband operator. It’s the largest cable company in the U.S.. Cord-cutting is a major challenge for this company, although they are the infrastructure that supports access to online content, so the growth of streaming services can counteract the cord-cutters.
Streaming market share of company has hit record numbers. Expects consumers to spend less on streaming. Good business model overall. Current share price presenting good buying opportunity.
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
The Disney+ streaming service has given the stock a boost. The deal with 20th Century Fox was taken positively by analysts. It is currently trading at 20x earnings and is well-positioned to be a competitor to Netflix.
Very bullish here. He bought shares last week. Shares have been this cheap--Shanghai's park will reopen, and their balance sheet is much improved.
CBS Corp (CBS-N)
An American mass media corporation. They are in commercial broadcasting, publishing and television production. A value play. However, they have faced headwinds from cord-cutting in cable.
Believes a good opportunity to buy with share price undervalued. Recent legal problems with resolve themselves. Double digit EPS growth expected. Strong dividend that will rise in the future.
Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (LYV-N)
A global entertainment company that came out of a merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. A top concert venue and ticketing company in the world. It recently found a short term bottom.
(A Top Pick Jul 19/21, Up 26%) He's still buying. Reopening is happening. Anticipates record year, despite shutdowns in Asia. Profits come from the stadium and merchandise.
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOX-Q)
A Mass media corporation that is global. They regularly buyback stocks and bring value back to investors. They have many different interesting assets, including sports so it is worth a closer look.
The Stars Group The regulation of internet sports betting in the U.S. has been a pushback and he doesn't know how it'll resolve itself. TSGI just partnered with Fox Sports and Fox has other interesting assets, so this is a better way of playing online gambling.
A cloud service, e-commerce, and media company that is synonymous with North American online shopping. The Prime package gives access to a host of different services, including Amazon Prime Video. The service has original content as well as some well-known shows and movies. The content is bundled with the prime subscription, which may help buoy their entertainment business.
Owns shares in the company herself. Believes stock will be volatile going forward. Increasing capital spending. Lots of users with eCommerce and Amazon Web Services.