Reports that Disney might acquire key parts of 21st Century Fox have been out there for almost a month. CNBC now reports that those talks have progressed, and that a deal could be announced as early as next week. All told, Disney would reportedly pay more than $60 billion for the new assets. Properties included in the deal could include National Geographic, Star, movie studios, regional sports nets, and stakes in Sky and Hulu. Speaking of which, Disney and Fox each own 30% of Hulu; if Disney acquires Fox’s stake, it’ll own a controlling stake in the service. At the same time, Disney is planning to launch its own streaming services in the coming years, having recently declined to renew its licensing arrangement with Netflix. Assuming the Fox deal goes through, Disney will be able to pack additional movies and TV shows onto those platforms. Bottom line: In a few years, Disney will likely be giving Netflix a run for its money.
The Big 4 broadcast nets landed 4 of the top 5 spots in a survey asking connected consumers which network families they’d prefer in a 5-group skinny TV plan. NBCUniversal topped the list (48%), followed by Fox (41%), Disney/ABC (41%) and CBS (38%). “The value of their content is immense; top of mind for many […]
ABC soap General Hospital led the field with 26 nominations for the 45th Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by 25 each for NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’s Young and Restless. Among networks, CBS and syndicated programming each scored 66 nods; Netflix nabbed 51.
IndyCar landed a new ride for 2019 and beyond, landing a deal with NBC Sports Group that will keep all races, qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races on NBCU platforms beginning in 2019. The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will now be broadcast annually on NBC, ending a long run on […]
The NFL’s draft board just got a lot bigger, with the league unveiling a new broadcast arrangement that will see NFL Network and FOX will team up to simulcast live coverage of Rounds 1-3 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Additionally, the league has expanded its partnership with ESPN/ABC whereby ESPN2 will supplement ESPN’s coverage of […]
Blizzard’s annual Heroes of the Dorm tournament booked its plans for this year’s National Championship, as 64 teams contend for the title. This year will see the Heroic Four shift its home to Blizzard Arena in Burbank on May 12, with casters Paul “InVerum” Todkill, Bron “TheSource” Mitchell, Albert “Halorin” Hailey III and Derek “DunkTrain” […]