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3 Reasons Why Netflix Will Survive Breakup with Epix

Chief Content Officer at the streaming media juggernaut known as Netflix (NFLX), Ted Sarandos, wrote in a blog post yesterday that the company will not be renewing its distribution deal with Studio 3 Partners’, a Viacom (VIAB) subsidiary, cable network Epix. This means Netflix’s US subscribers will only have one more month to watch Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and many more blockbuster films.

On the surface, the loss of major Hollywood films from any media library is something no company like Netflix prefers. Some of the movies leaving at the end of September did extremely well at the box office. Furthermore, the company ended the day 2.24% down and is currently trading a little more than 1% down after closing, which may be related to the news yesterday.

However, the state of Netlfix is not one of anarchy like the worlds in Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, or Transformers: Age of Extinction in light of this breakup. Let’s examine 3 critical factors to why Netflix will be just fine losing their contract with Epix.

1.) The Contract Was Not Exclusive

From, to, to, all articles have stated that the Netflix-Epix deal, signed in 2010, was not one of exclusivity. In 2012, Amazon (AMZN) and Epix signed a deal for Amazon Instant Video to stream movies from the Epix library. Having exclusive rights to a media library is critical in the streaming video marketplace. Nonetheless, this overlap in content has been going on for roughly 3 years now and has not negatively affected the profits of either Netflix or Amazon.

If this was still an exclusive deal between the two...