Digital Streaming television and film companies will be quick to tell you that streaming is the future of the entertainment industry. Looking at stocks from companies like Amazon and Netflix, it’s not hard to believe. A recent report from Juniper Research will give even more confidence to investors, with the firm projecting that the digital video market will be worth more than $94 billion in 2019.
This figure will contribute to a total of $250 billion of digital content revenue, which includes films and television, gaming, and e-publishing.
Key Companies That are Betting on Digital Streaming Distribution
Digital Streaming media stocks have been some of the most exciting on the market in the last year.
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world’s most popular subscriber video streaming platform, has seen its stock increase 25.51% in the last 12 months. When looking at growth year to date, stock price is up 31.27%. Netflix has more than 137 million subscribers, making the service more popular than Cable TV in the U.S.
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock is also performing well, and price has increased 9.19% year to date. While Amazon is primarily an ecommerce company, it also offers music and video streaming through Amazon Prime. The company had an estimated 95 million Prime users in June of last year. That creates significant opportunity to profit from its video streaming services.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is also heavily invested in video streaming. The Cupertino based technology company is planning to unveil a unique video and news subscription service on March 25. This service will go head to head with offerings from Amazon and Netflix. Apple’s stock price has increased 7.89% year to date, and its planned March announcement could help it grow even more.
Disney (NYSE: DIS) is also planning to roll out its own streaming service later this year. As the owner of both Marvel and 21st Century Fox media properties, Disney could offer premium content that will not be available on other platforms. Disney’s stock price has only increased 0.50% year to date. The planned release of its new service in Fall of this year could increase demand for shares.
Portfolios Should Include a Digital Media Element
These companies are doing more than riding a bandwagon. They are investing in a future where digital streaming is expected to be the preferred method of video and film distribution. Stock investors who get in on the trend early could be set to benefit in the coming months and years.
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