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Last week, news broke that The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox had been in on-again-off-again talks. Forbes reported Monday night that this deal is still uncertain, since it brings up all kinds of antitrust issues. Right now most television shows and movies are produced by five companies: Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp., and Comcast's NBCUniversal. So obviously the consolidation of two of these companies would worry the regulating forces.

These talks come after Disney announced their plans to launch a streaming service of their own in 2019. If Disney and 21st Century Fox can find agreeable terms and the Federal Trade Commission approves the deal, Disney would be in a prime position to compete with Amazon, Netflix and YouTube upon the release of the still unnamed streaming service. Disney is looking to acquire the movie and television production portions of 21st Century Fox, leaving the other company to focus on news and sports. This would bring movies like Anastasia, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Die Hard Franchise, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, and Marvel characters like X-Men, Daredevil, Electra and The Fantastic Four into the Disney movie collection. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th_Century_Fox_films_(2000%E2%80%93present) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th_Century_Fox_films_(1935%E2%80%9399) )

Thoughts on the possibility of a 21st Century Fox Disney merger

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