You can’t escape it…
It’s plastered across the news…
And if you get too caught up in it, it will cost you a fortune…
I’m talking about today’s hottest—and most irrelevant—question:
“Who will win the streaming wars?”
The mainstream media is having a field day debating which company will conquer American TV…
Source: LA Times
If you’ve been following my work for long, you know the mainstream media has a habit of being dangerously wrong when it comes to investing.
This time, they’re worse than wrong.
They’re not even asking the right question!
As I’ve been saying for years, streaming TV is hands-down one of the most disruptive megatrends since the internet. It will mint thousands of new millionaire investors… and it’s just now shifting into high gear.
But folks who obsess over picking a winner between Netflix/Disney+/Apple TV /YouTube TV/Amazon Prime Video are making a costly mistake.
In today’s issue, I’ll show you the question you should be asking about the red-hot streaming sector...
And how it could put tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in your pocket.
- Do you remember America Online (AOL)?
In the 1990s, AOL dominated the market for dial-up internet. In fact, it gave most American households their first internet connection.
By 2000, AOL was America’s largest internet company—worth $125 billion.
AOL was the heavyweight in the battle of “internet service providers.” It competed with the likes of Earthlink and NetZero—remember them?
Here’s the thing... obsessing over who will win the “streaming wars” today is like obsessing over “who will win the internet” back in the 1990s.
Folks who wasted time worrying about AOL vs. Earthlink let the opportunity of a lifetime slip through their fingers.
Right under their noses, dozens of disruptive stocks piggybacked the internet to 10,000%+ gains. I’m talking about disruptors like Priceline (15,300%)... Cisco (102,000%)... Microsoft (14,500%).
- Instead, smart investors who understood disruption asked a different question...
They asked: Which companies will solve the internet’s biggest problems?
For example, do you remember how hard it was to find information before Google (GOOG)?
The internet was an unorganized mess of webpages. You could spend hours on a wild goose chase and never find what you were looking for.
Google essentially organized the internet. Through its search engine, we can now find practically anything in seconds.
Google has soared 2,400% since its IPO:
And do you remember how impractical online shopping was in the early days of the internet?
It sometimes took weeks to get your items.
Now, thanks to Amazon (AMZN), you can order golf clubs in the morning and be hitting balls on the driving range that evening!
Like Google, Amazon solved a big, new problem that limited the internet’s potential. It would hand early investors gains of 120,000% in the process:
The same exact pattern is playing out in streaming.
- You see, streaming is more than just “another way to watch TV…”
Since TVs were invented in 1927, they’ve been one-way “dumb boxes.” Meaning, they blare video and sound into your living room, and that’s it. You couldn’t interact with a TV like you could a smartphone connected to the internet.
That’s all changing before our eyes. Think back to when your cell phone was “dumb.” It could make calls and send texts, and that was about it.
When internet-connected smartphones really caught on, everything changed. They enabled a whole new class of disruptive stocks to flourish. Ride-hailing services Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT)... payment processor Square (SQ)... music streamer Spotify (SPOT)...
None of these powerhouse businesses would exist without internet-connected smartphones.
As streaming TVs connect to the internet, a whole new world of possibility is opening up... just like it did with smartphones.
- So which companies will be the Amazon and Google of streaming?
The ones that solve streaming’s problems.
For example, there are more than a dozen streaming services now. They’ve all got their own user interfaces, logins, passwords, and shows. This made flipping through streaming programs a big hassle.
Disruptor Roku (ROKU) solved this problem. Its devices allow you to easily watch streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+ through a regular TV. Flipping through streaming services on a Roku is as easy as flipping through cable TV channels.
As a result, 37 million Americans use Roku’s app. And one-third of all smart TVs sold in the US come with Roku’s app pre-installed.
Starting from a tiny $1.3 billion valuation in 2017, Roku roared 320% within three years!
- Roku is the most recent streaming success story, but it definitely won’t be the last...
What other problems need to be solved with streaming?
For one, we’ve yet to figure out a good way for folks to interact with their TVs. Pointing a remote feels clunky. Some companies are working on voice activation... and others believe TVs that sense your movements is the future. But there’s been no breakthrough here yet.
Another is the fragmentation of TV shows. For all its flaws, cable did put most TV programs under one roof. What happens when Netflix owns the rights to air the Super Bowl... Disney+ claims American Idol... and Apple TV is the exclusive place to watch the president’s State of the Union? Folks will only subscribe to so many streaming services.
- But by far the most lucrative opportunity in streaming is...
The potential here is GARGANTUAN.
As RiskHedge readers know, Facebook and Google got rich through perfecting “dynamic advertising” on the internet.
Dynamic advertising is when different people see different ads based on their interests.
It’s far, far more effective than “scattershot” ads where everyone sees the same TV commercial for instance.
The company that cracks this on streaming TV could be the next 50 or 100 bagger.
Talk to you soon,
Editor — Disruption Investor
Stephen McBride is editor of the popular investment advisory Disruption Investor. Stephen and his team hunt for disruptive stocks that are changing the world and making investors wealthy in the process. Go here to discover Stephen’s top “disruptor” stock pick and to try a risk-free subscription.