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By Shalini Ramachandran and Erich Schwartzel May 23, 2018 | Comcast Corp. is escalating its threat to disrupt Walt Disney Co.’s megadeal to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s assets, a potential move that could reshape the power structure in the entertainment industry. The cable giant said on Wednesday it is in advanced stages of preparing a cash offer that would top...

By Ben Munson May 9, 2018 | Netflix won’t be the only service missing out on Disney content once the company launches its own streaming service in late 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be pulling back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.  “We are fully committed to not only bringing...

By Eric Guenwedel May 6, 2018 | NEWS ANALYSIS – When Apple last year announced it would start selling access to 4K Ultra HD movies (at the same price as HD) on Apple TV through iTunes, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment was not among participating studios. With Disney relinquishing (some) control in the rebranding of the Movies Anywhere digital platform, retail...

By Joe Mayes April 26, 2018 | With Comcast formalizing its 22 billion-pound ($31 billion) offer for Sky on Wednesday — 16 percent above Fox’s existing bid — investors are expecting a response from Fox or Disney, which has a $52.4 billion deal to buy most of Fox. Complicating matters is an expected regulatory decision on Fox’s bid and the question...

By Todd Spangler April 24, 2018 | Hollywood has been waiting to see when Netflix will downshift out of the fast lane — specifically, when it will stop burning tons of cash on an ever-expanding bonfire of original titles. That day is not coming anytime soon. The streamer could soon be worth more than Disney, which once was rumored to be a suitor, as it...

April 19, 2018 | Comcast Corp. offered 21st Century Fox Inc. at least 16% more for a chunk of its assets than Walt Disney Co. did, though regulatory concerns ultimately led controlling stockholder Rupert Murdoch to accept the lower bid. In a joint filing Wednesday with Disney in connection with their $52.4-billion deal, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox described months-long talks with...

By Rob Haskell April 12, 2018 | Despite his success, Iger and his venerable Disney brand face an existential threat from Silicon Valley, in particular from companies like Netflix and Amazon. The studio has wagered on content, beloved but mutable stories with loyal audiences; meanwhile, Netflix has made so much money on subscriptions that it suddenly gets to spend billions...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski April 9, 2018 | Disney is trying again to prevent Redbox from selling digital download codes for its movies after a federal judge rejected its initial request for an injunction that would have halted the practice. The Burbank entertainment giant filed an amended complaint today with U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, saying its made changes to its online license agreements to address the judge’s...

By DANIEL MILLER and JACLYN COSGROVE March 14,  2018 | Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday a sweeping restructuring aimed at accelerating its global expansion during a period of upheaval for Hollywood. The Burbank-based entertainment giant said it would combine its international media business and its content streaming operation into one unit and create another division to house its consumer products business along with Walt...

By Todd Spangler March 12, 2018 | Fandango’s FandangoNow video-on-demand service is the fifth online retailer to throw in with Movies Anywhere, the digital movie-collection service owned by Disney. Under the deal, FandangoNow customers can use the Movies Anywhere app and website to access eligible purchases of movies from Walt Disney Studios — encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm — 20th Century Fox Film, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures...