Disney uses ammo to fight digital rivals

Published: Wilson Clark

On: Dec 2017

Reportedly, Disney has immobile a new deal to buy television, film & international businesses from Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. That means they have been given the world’s biggest company an arsenal of shows as well as movies to fight most popular and growing digital rivals Amazon and Netflix.

The deal brings to a close over half a century of expansion by Murdoch who is responsible for turning a single Australian newspaper into one of the world’s extremely important global news & flick conglomerates.  The recent and newly slimmed down Fox will only focus on television news & sport.

Shares of Fox have received over 30% since talk of the deal that surfaced at the start of the November and climbed 3.2 % in early trading. Disney shares registered slightly higher rate after the firm said it expects to buy around $ 20 billion of its own shares in order to dilution from the all stock deal.

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While Fox stockholders will get 0.2745 Disney shares for each share receive and it will end up owning about a quarter of Disney. The new era of shows and films will surely help Disney to fight technology firms spending billions of dollars on programming show online that is taking audiences away from traditional television networks.

The partner and head of technology at Cavendish Corporate Finance, Nick Jones said that “The deal demonstrates the huge strategic challenge traditional media organization face & how they require to reinvent their business models to compete with various online digital rivals like Google, Netflix and Amazon.”

He further added that “It will definitely help Disney to dramatically reduce its dependency on traditional TV, a business that has been declined more than last two decades.”

Before the acquisition, Fox is planning to separate the Fox Broadcasting network & stations, Fox Business network, it’s News channel, sports channels such as FS1 and FS2, the Big Ten Network into a newly listed organization which it will take off to its shareholders.

Twenty-First century Fox Executive chairman Murdoch said to investors that “This will be a growing firm which will centered on sports brands and live news & the strength of the Fox network too.”