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Best Long-Term Streaming TV Stock to Buy: Roku vs. Netflix

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The two big pure-play stocks in the streaming TV industry are Roku (ROKU - Free Report) and Netflix (NFLX - Free Report) . On today’s episode of Full Court Finance at Zacks, we dive into the streaming TV world as we approach a full year of empty movie theaters and a lack of most out-of-home entertainment to see which of the two stocks, ROKU vs. NFLX, might be the better long-term buy.

The market got off to a hot start on the first day of March, as tech stocks bounced back on Monday, with Zoom Video (ZM - Free Report) , Tesla (TSLA - Free Report) , Apple (AAPL - Free Report) , and others helping lead the charge.

The jump comes after stocks tumbled in the last week of February as Wall Street started to bet on the possibility of inflation amid increased government spending and the likelihood that the economy roars back once the vaccine is widely distributed.

The recent pullback was healthy for a market that had continued to rip higher in 2021, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both closing at new highs on February 12. The tech selling sent many stocks into overbought territory and set up some deals that were too good to pass up for some investors.

This brings us to a growth industry within tech and media that’s attracted some of the biggest companies in the world. Streaming TV is the future of entertainment, even when things get back closer to normal.

For instance, Disney (DIS - Free Report) stock has soared even with its parks and theatrical businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, as its streaming TV service has added nearly 100 million subscriptions in slightly over a year to crush its previous guidance. Meanwhile, Apple, Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) , Comcast (CMCSA - Free Report) , AT&T (T - Free Report) , and other giants are all fighting for their piece of the pie.

Netflix is also coming off a blockbuster year in 2020 that saw it pull in a record 37 million paid subscribers to help it blow away its average of about 23 million over the last five years. Despite its showing, Netflix stock has lagged far behind the only other true pure-play streaming TV stock, Roku over the last several years.

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