Only Disney+ Can Stop Netflix Now
There's a lot of anxiety in the Netflix(NASDAQ: NFLX) bull camp as we head into Tuesday afternoon's release of the streaming video pioneer's fourth-quarter results. Netflix has only one rival to worry about as it sneaks a peek at the rearview mirror -- and that happens to be the mouse-ears-donning Disney+. Netflix has also come through with four price hikes since 2014, proving mortal only after the final increase in the springtime of last year. If we're going to worry about Netflix not playing the starring role in the future of streaming, it will come at the expense of a better mousetrap. It's keeping folks glued to their streaming sticks, and that's not good news for Netflix if it's coming at the expense of engagement for the top dog. However, if Disney+ is coming at the expense of traditional television consumption -- encouraging more folks to cut the cord tethered to their cable or satellite television -- it would naturally benefit Netflix.