Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)’s latest acquisition target is an online-video service called News Distribution Network Inc. (NDN) according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report claims that Yahoo is expected to pay $300 million for the acquisition, which will be the company’s second biggest to date after Tumblr, for which it paid $1.1 billion.
Netflix's recent peering agreement with Comcast has ignited a firestorm of debate about the relationship between video companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs operate the "last-mile" of fiber that connects the final segment of the Internet — including bandwidth-intensive video — with end users.
In a move that could stem the tide of cord-cutting while also broadening Hulu’s subscriber base, the streaming video service is reportedly in talks with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others to bring Hulu to cable customers through their set-top boxes.
If you think you're seeing more video ads, you're right: In the past year, there has been a huge increase in the number of video ads displayed on web pages. According to comScore, in December 2011, only 14 percent of videos had ads attached to them, but in December 2012, that portion was 23 percent.
TPG Capital has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo, becoming one of the first private equity firms to begin formal due diligence on the Internet company as it weighs a sale of some or all of itself.