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Netflix an acquisition target? The case for and against

About a month ago, Paolo Pescatore, an analyst with CCS Insight outlined the idea that Netflix may be a shiny acquisition target. While the thought seems a little far-fetched-- Netflix almost certainly has no interest in being bought-- it isn't the first time this possibility has been floated, and now other outlets have picked up the ball and are outlaying cases for acquiring Netflix.

Comscore, Rentrak merge to create massive digital challenger to Nielsen

Digital measurement firm comScore is acquiring set-top box data measurement specialist Rentrak in an all-stock, share-for-share merger that could set venerable TV ratings firm Nielsen back on its heels.

Netflix confirms South Korea launch plans as analyst floats acquisition possibility

Less than a month after Netflix split its red-hot shares and set a new subscriber record, and just a few days past its closely-watched Japan launch, Netflix has announced that it has set its sights on several other Asian countries. The company will launch in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan in early 2016, Netflix said.

Amazon Web Services snaps up multiscreen service provider Elemental Technologies

Elemental Technologies, a software developer that enables media and entertainment companies to format their video content for over-the-top distribution, has been acquired by Amazon Web Services for an undisclosed amount.

AOL boosts mobile advertising reach with $250M Millennial Media buy ahead of Verizon's go90 launch

AOL, which rebuilt itself into an attractive and acquirable target in part through its video and advertising strategies, is now making a similar proposition to struggling mobile ad platform Millennial Media. The two companies have agreed to a deal that will see Verizon-owned AOL buy the firm for approximately $250 million.

YouTube MCN land grab is 'all but over,' analyst says, but potential $10B market still worth a look

The biggest acquisitions of multichannel networks (MCNs), such as Disney's $950 million buy-up of Maker Studios and Otter Media's $200-300 million purchase of Fullscreen, have most likely already taken place, according to one analyst firm. That leaves other companies hoping to buy MCNs with fewer options, and limited time to jump into the segment.

YouTube rival DailyMotion's purchase by Vivendi could breathe new life into OTT service

After more than three months of negotiation, Vivendi has completed its deal to buy online video provider DailyMotion from its parent company, Orange. Vivendi purchased an 80 percent stake in the company for $241.8 million (€217 million).

Verizon's ad-supported OTT pricing may signal new business models to come

Telecom giant Verizon Communications completed its $4.4 billion deal to acquire AOL, meaning that with video delivery and an owned-and-operated programmatic advertising platform in place, it's now poised to launch its over-the-top streaming service for Verizon Wireless customers. But can Verizon's ad-supported, subsidized data model compete with the bevy of OTT providers jumping into the space?

Atlantic Broadband buys Connecticut's MetroCast for $200M

Atlantic Broadband has announced an agreement to purchase Connecticut cable operator MetroCast from Harron Communications for $200 million, continuing a wave of cable industry consolidation.

Charter 'desperate' for TWC, enters deal with no plan B, analyst says

Desperate to deliver the scale it has promised its investors for several years, Charter Communications enters the regulatory process for its proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable with serious exposure and no "plan B" in the very possible event that federal regulators shoot the deal down.