Disney reportedly in talks to buy 21st Century Fox

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It would be barred from buying the Fox broadcasting network and was not in talks to buy local affiliates, Fox News or Fox Business Channel. It also wouldn't buy Fox's sports programming properties because combining them with ESPN could present antitrust issues.

Disney, which under U.S. rules could not own two broadcast networks, would not purchase all of Fox, CNBC reported, citing the same sources.

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Would you like to see Disney buy 21st Century Fox? Disney could take over the FX Networks, National Geographic television cable groups, Fox's worldwide channels and, perhaps most significantly, 20th Century Fox movie and TV production operations. With Fox's entertainment assets, Disney C.E.O. But Disney could acquire Fox's film and television studios, worldwide assets like Sky and Star, and Fox's cable networks including FX and National Geographic. The company is said to believe that a more tightly focused group of properties around news and sports could compete more effectively in the current marketplace.

Both 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Company are scheduled to report quarterly results this week. In that regard, Fox's entertainment assets could be a major boon to Disney, not just because of what control of those assets would give Disney, but because of what it could take away from Netflix. It recently announced that it will be pulling its content from Netflix and launching its own, rival streaming platform.

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It did discuss buying Fox's movie and TV production studios, cable networks FX and National Geographic and global assets such as the Star network in India and European pay TV provider Sky Plc, CNBC said.

There's also the question of what it would mean for Fox to be focused even more on news and sports.

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Now the rumor may actually not be that far off as it is reported Disney is in early talks to purchase FOX Studios, the home of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Disney shares rose 1.6% on the news.

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