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Video: Berkshire bets on content

The following video is part of our “Motley Fool Conversations” series, in which technology editor and analyst Brenton Flynn discusses topics across the investing world.

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in video consumption. New content distribution channels have emerged that facilitate the use of smartphones and tablets as tools for viewing our favorite shows. Streaming services are no longer perceived as innovative technologies but are rather an ubiquitous presence for consumers as they determine the best way to summon their inner coach potato. While these new distribution channels including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have collected the majority of the headlines of late, I have an inkling that the content providers themselves will end up reaping some awesome rewards in the long run. This is why one of Berkshire Hathaway’s latest moves caught my attention. The move, a small US$75 million investment in cable network and movie production outfit Viacom, is interesting given that Berkshire already had a large stake in Liberty Media, which owns a minority interest in Viacom. Does this move suggest that the Oracle’s minions see content producers as the victors in the streaming video revolution?

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