Netflix, Inc. shares proved this Monday that they are as bulletproof as Luke Cage. The shares of the streaming service – after a brief Netflix outage on Saturday – increased nearly 5% on heavy volume. It looks like the investors are betting on a Netflix takeover once again, with reportedly two potential bidders in the line – Apple and Disney, as per a report from CNN.
A good fit for Disney and Apple
Often Disney has been mentioned as a potential acquirer for the streaming giant. Buying the streaming giant does make a lot of sense, since it would aid Disney in strengthening its new media efforts. It is possibly the same reason, why it has been rumored to be a potential buyer of Twitter as well.
Both Netflix, Inc. and Disney already work closely together, notes CNN. The video streaming service, in a deal that began last month, supplanted cable companies to the become the exclusive pay TV home in the US for latest movies from the core Disney studio and its three main franchises: Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. In addition, Disney partnered with the video streaming service on many popular shows based on Marvel characters.
Netflix is an exclusive home for “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.” This past weekend, Luke Cage, another latest Marvel show made a debut. Iron Fist, another Marvel superhero, is getting a Netflix show as well. Ultimately, these four will eventually join forces in another show named “The Defenders.” Marvel superhero, The Punisher, is set to get his own spin-off show too.
Also, Apple has frequently been thought to be a logical candidate to purchase the streaming service, as such a move could aid in bolstering its own media efforts. Acquiring Netflix, could make it easier for Apple to become a bigger player in streaming, since Netflix already has content deals with main studios.
Is Netflix up for sale?
However, a big question is – Does Netflix, Inc. CEO Reed Hastings really want to sell the service? The streaming giant has disrupted the world of traditional media rapidly. Also, it is worth more than Viacom and CBS combined. The market value of the streaming giant is only $1.5bn less than that of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (FOXA), notes CNN.
There are, however, concerns about Netflix’s slowing subscriber growth both in the US and outside. Also, there are worries about how much the streaming service is spending over its original shows. Its shares are down about 10% this year despite the recent surge in the stock. Also, in 2016, it is the only FANG momentum tech stock in the red. Amazon, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook are all up and near their all-time highs.
So, the streaming giant has a lot to prove to dubious investors as well as customers.