4 New Must-See Quotes From Netflix, Inc. Management

By Daniel SparksMarketsFool.com

After reporting better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Wednesday, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) stock is up strongly. At the time of this writing, shares are up about 6% on Thursday. While the optimism surrounding the stock is likely mostly tied to the company's impressive numbers from the quarter, it's useful for investors to take a step back from the quarter-to-quarter figures and get a feel for management's overarching tactics and strategies. Fortunately, management guided investors in this direction during the company's conference call Wednesday afternoon.

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Here's a look at some of the most interesting quotes from Netflix's fourth-quarter earnings call.

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Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explained:

The tipping point

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took the time to explain what makes people join Netflix. He emphasized it's not about a single new movie or TV show launched on the platform, but rather the culmination of a growing library of popular content.

Internet TV is still Netflix's biggest driver

But, when members sign up, new shows and movies may only represent the final call to action, Hastings explained. The biggest driver for the company is the underlying transition to internet TV.

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Hastings still credits the secular transition to internet TV for the bulk of Netflix's growing popularity.

In short: Popular new shows get customers to pull the trigger and sign up, but a transition to internet TV is driving broad interest in the first place.

Don't expect any big bundling deals soon

When asked to comment on speculation about Netflix bundling its offering with other content carriers, Hastings seemed to suggest there's no significant reason to do anything like that in the near term.

This commentary from Netflix management continues to drive home the importance of the two biggest trends working in the company's favor: a focus on original content creation and the growing popularity of internet TV. Fortunately for investors, there's no reason to expect either of these important catalysts to let up anytime soon.

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