Fox became the latest major media corporation to step into the world of streaming on Tuesday with its all-cash acquisition of Tubi, an ad-supported service that hosts a variety of popular television series and movies.
Disney has closed its $70 billion acquisition of assets from 21st Century Fox, giving the entertainment company control of a considerable amount of content and studios, control which could become a problem for Apple and streaming video providers in general.
Vying against Comcast, Disney has passed a critical obstacle in its push to acquire 21st Century Fox: antitrust approval from the U.S. Justice Department, contingent on divesting itself of some of Fox's assets should a deal go through.
Apple's efforts to produce original video content could be grander in scale, according to 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, suggesting the slower pace of commissions may not have as big an impact as competitors like Netflix.
Comcast on Wednesday confirmed rumors that it intends to outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox and some of its subsidiaries, in a deal that could radically shake up the streaming media landscape — if it's approved.
The Walt Disney Co., the major media conglomerate that has previously worked closely with Apple, has confirmed plans to acquire 21st Century Fox, with the $52.4 billion purchase of the entertainment rival likely to have major repercussions for the rest of the media industry.
The Walt Disney Co., which has worked closely with Apple for many years, is said to be in talks to potentially acquire most of rival entertainment giant 21st Century Fox, in a deal that could have major ramifications for services like iTunes, the Apple TV and Apple Music.
A deal between movie studios and companies like Apple and Comcast to provide early-access movie rentals should be complete within the next 6 to 12 months, the studio head of 20th Century Fox said at a Los Angeles media conference.
Hollywood studios are reportedly showing "greater flexibility" in negotiations with theater chains about the prospect of early movie rentals — something that could affect Apple, which is also allegedly pursuing early streaming via the iTunes Store.
Fox on Friday released a tvOS version of Fox Sports GO, with a unique interface allowing Apple TV owners to watch up to four games simultaneously — if they already have authenticated access to the associated channels.
After being mired for months, talks with major networks regarding an Apple streaming TV service are finally making major advancements ahead of an anticipated launch this fall, according to a new report.