Originally Posted by R.D.BID
No, that's not the point. (see, I can do that just like you.)
The point is, and I stated this in my post, there will be a price limit that will be reached. It's irrelevant if Microsoft can "STILL" afford it, it does not mean that they will be WILLING to afford it. Microsoft makes billions of dollars a year and they don't make that money by making poor decisions. Those movie houses will surely find the limit of what Microsoft is WILLING to pay.
But you are correct on one point and that is that the movie houses will sell the rights to distribute or they won't. I'll say it again, remember Starz?
Their contract with Netflix was up and they wanted an astronomical amount of money to renew the deal. Netflix said no, and they parted ways. Starz made the decision that no deal (or zero profit) was better than what Netflix was offering. (some profit) Evidentally this is because Starz feels that they can make more money by not letting Netflix distribute their movies.
This is the mind set of the movie houses. They hold all the cards and they are out to get all they can. They will do the very same to Microsoft as they do to Netflix.
Here is a quote from Universal Home Video president Craig Kornblau to help illustrate the mind set of the movie houses:
I hope you're right though, if Microsoft does acquire Netflix, I hope that they do somehow improve the content without having to pass to many of the costs along to the subscriber. Maybe they will bear the burden, and the burden will be great.