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Disney might be looking at purchasing Netflix

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How much is enough? Let me tell you something pal. It’s not a question of enough. It’s a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn’t lost or made, it’s simply transferred from one perception to another. And right now, my perception is that Disney is going to have all of it at the rate that they’re snapping up properties.

With Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar added to their own in-house studios, Disney is a brand that can’t be toppled right now. They’re breaking box office records wherever they go, and they’re still not done. Because the House of Mouse might have its eyes set on acquiring one of the biggest names in home entertainment: Netflix.

That’s according to sources over at TechCrunch, who say that Disney is now ramping up efforts to purchase the streaming service giant. With AT&T having acquired Warner Bros., and Disney experiencing a big decline in ESPN subscriptions, the race to secure their future even further is now on. Adding more fuel to the rumour fires? Disney CEO Bob Iger is apparently readying himself for retirement in 2018, with his successor being none other than Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

And it makes perfect sense. Disney has long benefited from their various Netflix deals, whether it be their live-action series or animated offerings. With Netflix also wanting to create more original content to help dominate their presence in the entertainment industry, a Disney takeover might result in a perfect partnership.

So what’s the big picture then if Disney does pony up the bucks to buy Netflix lock, stock and barrel? Imagine the entire Disney library, coming to Netflix. Exclusively. And for competitors such as Hulu and Amazon, that’s one hell of a challenge for them to face when persuading consumers to stick with their subscription models.

Last Updated: November 15, 2016


  1. Please no.


  2. Ottokie

    November 15, 2016 at 10:38

    I only watch cartoons, so I approve. But this is probably 1st world only. Our little SA netflix has a can do attitude with all it’s incomplete seasons but it will soon die off if something is not done about the licencing…looking at you DSTV scum!


    • Zoe Hawkins

      November 15, 2016 at 10:39

      I’ve noticed a significant improvement in local Netflix recently. Sure, there are still the glaring omissions, like the latest Orange is the New Black, but it seems like they’ve added a ton of content over the past few months.


      • Ottokie

        November 15, 2016 at 10:41

        They have, but for people like me who still have to watch The Flash and Arrow for example, having non complete seasons, and wanting to start from season 1 ep1 makes it very unappealing.


    • Lord Chaos

      November 15, 2016 at 11:01

      As the licence agreements end you’ll start seeing more complete seasons and DSTV as well as Showmax dying off unless they start paying massive fees for shared show times.


      • Lu

        November 15, 2016 at 11:30

        Here’s hoping….


      • Kromas Ryder

        November 15, 2016 at 12:08

        All Netflix exclusivity license agreements with DSTV will not be renewed and they will all have expired end of next year. DSTV will not do well if Disney gets added to that deal.


      • Andre Fourie

        November 15, 2016 at 12:30

        Dstv is already such a rip off. The only reason I still have it is for National Geographic, Motogp and Golf. Oh and for visitors…But I’m starting to think of getting rid of it. Download all my stuff anyways.


        • Lord Chaos

          November 15, 2016 at 12:32

          Never had it and never will. Found a nice site to stream any currently live sport from. Even snooker and table tennis.


          • Andre Fourie

            November 15, 2016 at 12:32

            Please enlighten a man.

          • Lord Chaos

            November 15, 2016 at 12:34

            The site lists all currently streaming sports. live.robinwidget.com

          • Andre Fourie

            November 15, 2016 at 12:36

            A man thanks a Dark Lord.

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      November 15, 2016 at 11:05



  3. Original Heretic

    November 15, 2016 at 11:00

    So is Walt still sleeping? What’s he waiting for? Disney is on the verge of taking over the world, NOW is the time to awake!


  4. Allykhat

    November 15, 2016 at 11:11

    Geofencing for EVERYONE!!!! YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!


  5. Marc O Polo

    November 15, 2016 at 11:52

  6. Johann

    November 15, 2016 at 11:55

    Hmmm, Netflix SA might benefit from this. Disney would probably not renew their licensing deal with DSTV and only air their content on Netflix.


  7. Fox1 - Retro

    November 15, 2016 at 12:12

    So the other question is what will happen to ESPN???


  8. 40 Insane Frogs

    November 15, 2016 at 17:09

    No no no no no no no


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