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Is Microsoft About to Buy Netflix?

Here’s some fun news. There are wild rumors flying around that Microsoft, bereft of its own content and streaming service, is looking to enter the game in a big way. According to industry analyst Porter Bibb, Microsoft is going to skip the usual steps like “create content” and “build a streaming service” by straight up buying the biggest player in the game: Netflix.

Says Bibb, referring to Microsoft:

“They’re moving as fast they can into the cloud business. They don’t have any direct to the consumer content delivery . . . I think Netflix is going to be acquired by Microsoft, which doesn’t have any content right now.”

Buying Netflix outright wouldn’t be cheap, as the streamer is flying high and valued at well north of $100B right now. On the other hand, Microsoft has pretty deep pockets, and likely wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of building a service from the ground up when Netflix has done such a fine job establishing itself.

What do you think, Insiders? Is Netflix about to be acquired (in a friendly or hostile fashion) by Microsoft?

[via CNBC]


3 Responses to “Is Microsoft About to Buy Netflix?”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    So someone is totally guessing. I think Disney is more likely to buy Netflix.

    But I actually expect Netflix to independent. But if I thought Microsoft were buying them, I’d sell my Netflix stock immediately.

  2. Member [Join Now]
    Chad Cronin [chadcronin]

    I sure hope not. I’m tired of big companies I’m done with buying stuff I like and ruining it.

  3. Visitor [Join Now]
    Bozo [visitor]

    Not going to happen…
    If it did? I’m out..
    NetFlix is just fine as it is…..
    Leave it be!