Mickey makes moves to finalize a $71.3B Fox deal just days after Comcast’s offer

Fox accepted a $71.3B offer from Disney, putting an end to the bidding war -- unless Comcast has a quick counteroffer.

 

Yesterday, 21st Century Fox accepted a $71.3B offer from Disney after back-and-forth bidding between Comcast and Disney. 

Disney shelled out $18.9B more than its original offer in the hopes of ending this bidding war — and reclaiming its tiara from entertainment’s recently crowned princess, Netflix. But Comcast could still make a counteroffer…

A fight to face off against Netflix in the finals

Last week the ’Cast swooped in on Disney’s original December offer with an increased $65B bid. Both companies want Fox’s content (movies, TV shows, and channels) to compete with tech companies investing oodles of cash in original content.

So despite the fanfare, this battle is really just a preview for the main event: a showdown with Netflix — which recently eclipsed both Comcast and Disney in value — for video entertainment’s title.

It ain’t over till the Murdoch sings

Fox called Disney’s proposal “superior” to Comcast’s — and Disney claims its horizontal merger (two media companies) has an advantage over Comcast’s vertical merger (a distributor and a media company). 

But AT&T’s union with Time Warner was a huge win for vertical mergers, positioning Comcast to make an even higher offer — and some analysts are convinced it could top $80B.

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