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Offbeat Is Comcast-Fox a done deal after AT&T-Time Warner win?

18:04  13 june  2018
18:04  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

AT&T, Justice Department await nail-biter of a court decision

  AT&T, Justice Department await nail-biter of a court decision A federal judge will decide next week whether AT&T, which owns DirecTV, will be allowed to buy Time Warner, home to CNN and March Madness basketball, for $85 billion.Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia oversaw a six-week trial where the government argued the deal was illegal because it would give AT&T the power to withhold HBO and Turner channels from DirecTV's smaller pay TV rivals and cheaper online competitors.

NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox ’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT & T ’s billion takeover of Time Warner . If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox , a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup

NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox 's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT & T 's billion takeover of Time Warner . If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox

Comcast will likely bid for Fox's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. There are fears that it could lead to higher cable bills or hinder online alternatives.

But U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cleared the AT&T deal Tuesday despite similar concerns. The ruling signaled that federal regulators might have a hard time stopping companies from getting bigger by gobbling up rivals and the content they own.

What the AT&T-Time Warner decision will mean for media

  What the AT&T-Time Warner decision will mean for media It's the first time in over 40 years the U.S. has sued to stop this type of merger—and media giants are watching to see their futureHere's what you need to know.

Comcast could announce its own offer for 21st Century Fox ’s assets on Wednesday, triggering a bidding war with Disney for a chunk of Rupert Murdoch’s A judge’s approval on Tuesday of the .4 billion AT & T - Time Warner deal is sure to touch off a series of mergers as once-powerful news and

If the Comcast - Fox deal succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox , a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT & T ’s billion takeover of Time Warner .

Comcast isn't likely the only mega-media bid in the works. There will probably be a rush to consolidate. Even if a company doesn't need to get bigger right away, it might need to do so to prevent a competitor from doing so.

Here's a look at some of the combinations that will transform the media landscape and change how people consume entertainment.

FOX WITH DISNEY OR COMCAST

Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the "Avatar" movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family," along with National Geographic. Marvel would get back the characters previously licensed to Fox, reuniting X-Men with the Avengers.

But Comcast has said it is preparing an all-cash offer that is superior to Disney's. It will likely to make an offer soon, now that the judge has ruled in AT&T's favor, without setting any conditions.

Now that AT&T has been cleared to buy Time Warner, here's what happens next

  Now that AT&T has been cleared to buy Time Warner, here's what happens next On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T could buy Time Warner with no conditions attached, denying a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the deal.The DOJ could still appeal, but assuming it doesn't, here's what happens next.

Comcast will likely bid for Fox ’s entertainment business, now that a federal judge has cleared AT & T ’s billion takeover of Time Warner . There are fears that it could lead to higher cable bills or hinder online alternatives. But U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cleared the AT & T deal despite similar

The ruling signaled that Comcast could win regulatory approval, too; its bid for Fox shares many similarities with the AT & T - Time Warner deal . Comcast says its cash bid is 19 percent higher than the value of Disney offer as of Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that

David Turetsky, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany, warns that the AT&T ruling is based on "specific facts and evidence" that may or may not apply in other cases. Still, many of the circumstances in that case are similar with a potential Comcast bid.

For Disney, a successful Comcast bid could make Disney's planned streaming service less attractive.

SPRINT AND T-MOBILE

In April, the two telecom companies announced a $26.5 billion combination. The deal would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants.

The worry is that with just three major carriers, there would be less incentive to keep innovating on prices and service. T-Mobile and Sprint might even raise prices now that they don't have to try to poach customers off each other.

A 2014 attempt to combine fell apart amid resistance from the Obama administration. But the industry is different just four years later. Wireless carriers aren't just competing with each other, but also with Comcast and others as the wireless, broadband and video industries converge. AT&T is about to get larger with CNN, HBO and other channels from Time Warner. Beyond combining with each other, T-Mobile and Sprint might need its own content acquisition to compete.

Now that AT&T has been cleared to buy Time Warner, here's what happens next

  Now that AT&T has been cleared to buy Time Warner, here's what happens next On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T could buy Time Warner with no conditions attached, denying a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust challenge to the deal.The DOJ could still appeal, but assuming it doesn't, here's what happens next.

The ruling signaled that Comcast could win regulatory approval, too; its bid for Fox shares many similarities with the AT & T - Time Warner deal . Comcast says its cash bid is 19 percent higher than the value of Disney offer as of Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that

The ruling signaled that Comcast could win regulatory approval, too; its bid for Fox shares many similarities with the AT & T - Time Warner deal . Comcast says its cash bid is 19 percent higher than the value of Disney offer as of Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal and others reported earlier that

CBS AND VIACOM

CBS has resisted pressure from its controlling shareholder, National Amusements, to merge with Viacom, which also is controlled by National Amusements. The two companies used to be one but separated in 2005.

A combination would reunite CBS's television business with Viacom's production studios, similar to the arrangements now in place at NBC owner Comcast and ABC owner Disney. (On the flip side, the Fox television network and studios would separate under a deal with either Comcast or Disney.)

With Viacom, the $6-a-month CBS All Access streaming service might have a larger library, as Viacom owns MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and other cable networks.

VERIZON

Verizon, which bought AOL and Yahoo in recent years, could be on the prowl for other entertainment properties. Verizon wants to challenge Google and Facebook in the huge and lucrative field of digital advertising — and having more content could help. There's speculation that CBS could be a potential target. With its main wireless rival AT&T becoming even more of a content powerhouse, Verizon might feel the need to grow.

SMALLER MOVIE STUDIOS

Rumors have long swirled that Lionsgate might be a potential takeover target by anyone from Amazon to Verizon or even a combined CBS-Viacom entity. Nothing has materialized yet for the owner of the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" franchises. As a smaller studio, Lionsgate needs to get bigger to compete in the current landscape.

Similarly, Viacom-owned Paramount studio has been on the chopping block before. After years of troubles, it has recently rebounded with the horror film "A Quiet Place" and comedy "Book Club." That could make it a lucrative takeover target by a company seeking content creators.

AT&T to close Time Warner deal but government does not rule out appeal .
<p>The U.S. government and AT&amp;T Inc agreed on Thursday on conditions that would allow the wireless company to close its deal for Time Warner Inc while the Justice Department considers an appeal.</p>In a joint filing, the two sides agreed to certain conditions and asked a federal judge to authorize the companies to close their $85 billion merger. The government has 60 days to appeal. AT&T said it could close the deal as early as this week.

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