Comcast Enters Bidding War With Disney With $65 Billion Offer For Fox

Comcast Enters Bidding War With Disney With $65 Billion Offer For Fox

As reported by CNBC, the global telecommunications conglomerate was willing to offer $60B in cash for the Rupert Murdoch-founded company.

This could set off a battle between Comcast and Disney .

The firm's promises include a $2.5bn fee for Fox if it decides against the takeover.

Now that the merger has been given the go ahead, AT&T will add Time Warner's content to its existing paid TV subscription.

Indeed, it's expected that AT&T rival Comcast Corp. will now enter a bidding war with the Walt Disney Co., which has offered the movie and TV production assets of 21st Century Fox for $52 billion. No decision has been made on whether to delay a scheduled July 10 shareholder vote on Disney's offer.

Disney could still wind up with Fox, but it will need to at least match Comcast's bid to do so. "The immediate fallout of this decision is likely to be an attempt by Comcast to outbid Disney for the media content owned by Fox".

Trump spoke out against the deal when it was announced in October 2016.

Those comments and his repeated criticism of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner's unit Turner Broadcasting, raised speculation that Trump had pushed Delrahim and the Justice Department to block the deal. Comcast's official counterbid now pressures Disney to come up with a higher offer for Fox - lest it have compelling entertainment assets slip through its hands at a time when technology giants are storming Hollywood, forcing traditional media companies to bulk up.

While that might be bad news for Disney's stock holders, it seems like the Marvel fans are taking it a bit worse as their hopes to see the X-Men franchise join up with the Avengers could be dashed to the wind.

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AT&T says it plans to move forward with the deal in less than a week, leaving a small window of time for the justice department to file an appeal. In more recent times, sources claimed Comcast was putting together a $60 billion bid.

Attorneys for AT&T and Time Warner argued that it would be absurd for them to deny their shows to millions of viewers, because it would cost them millions in lost broadcast fees and advertising revenues.

The tie-up would Wednesday largest United States pay-TV operator and the second-largest wireless phone carrier with Time Warner, owner of premium channel HBO, the Warner Bros studios, Cartoon Network and CNN.

Regulators there also have cleared Comcast's $30.7-billion United States offer for the 61 per cent of Sky that Murdoch doesn't own.

"Compare today to the 50s or 60s when we had three television stations and you had one AT&T that was, then, protected by government monopoly", Crews said.

Both Disney and Comcast could use Fox's TV and movie properties to stream more content directly to consumers and compete with Netflix Inc.

The DOJ filed suit against AT&T in November of previous year, claiming that if the deal were allowed to go through, Time Warner's Turner television networks could be withheld from competing TV carriers or licensed at such a high cost as to give AT&T (who also owns DirecTV) an unfair advantage over its competitors. "We are in our minds the right buyer with the superior proposal and as much or better certainty and commitments and safeguards for Fox and the Fox board that are the same as those provided by Disney".

A spokesman for said that the definitive ruling in favor of its merger with AT&T was a confirmation that the case was politically motivated.

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