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Will Microsoft Challenge Netflix?

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 5:30am  ET

Among news that Microsoft is dumping the Silverlight software that Netflix relies on, and that Netflix is switching to HTML5, Mr. Softy has started having problems in its relationship with Apple . With the Xbox set to be released later this month, the video streaming industry has never been more competitive. Amazon.com Prime and Redbox Instant are challenging Netflix like never before, and grabbing even a piece of the market is attractive to anyone who can get involved.

In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the circumstances in the market that suggest that Microsoft may be considering its own offering in this promising industry.

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