Microsoft Predicted To Buy Netflix, LinkedIn In 2012

IDC predicted Thursday that Microsoft would buy Netflix to give it a stronghold in online video entertainment and LinkedIn to get into social networking.

IDC made the same prediction for a Microsoft-Netflix deal a year ago, but chief analyst Frank Gens said it makes even more sense now, given Netflix’s diminished market value and expected losses next year from growing content licensing bills.

“In 2012, part of Microsoft’s challenge is to counter what Apple and Amazon have done and what Google is building up – a really strong media and content marketplace,” Gens said. By offering movies, music and other content, Apple, Amazon and Google are aiding their mobile device ecosystems, including tablets and smartphones.



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Interesting...there is also rumor that Verizon is looking to launch a non-FiOS video streaming service to compete with Netflix and cable TV providers. And Verizon FiOS is suppose to have video service on Xbox soon.

Do you think they will keep Netflix advertisment free or will they turn it into a Hulu?

I'm saying ad free.  Reason being -- It costs Hulu a crap-ton more to host (via NBC) a show like The Office, than it does Netflix to have old TV shows like Family Ties.  Hulu is just trying to recoupe some of that money.  Educated guess.