Amazon has likely done the math and concluded that acquiring a proven film library (MGM owns the rights to the Bond franchise) has a superior risk reward as compared to building a content library from scratch. It remains to be seen how competitive such a prospective deal would be as Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger … Continue reading Amazon & MGM? Bezos & Bond?
Will Apple, Disney or Netflix pursue an acquisition of NewCo? Last year we wrote that AT&T should sell WarnerMedia. On Monday AT&T (tkr: T) led by John Stankey agreed to spin-off its WarnerMedia asset and to combine it with John Malone's Discovery (tkr: DISCA) in a new, publicly-traded company led by Discovery CEO David Zaslav. … Continue reading AT&T Took Our Advice But It Does Not Solve The Scale Problem
We migrated off of AT&T's (tkr: T) mobile plan over the weekend in favor of Alphabet's (tkr: GOOGL), Google Fi mobile phone service. Google Fi charges less for unlimited calls and texts: Google Fi charges $20 for unlimited calls and texts per user per month vs. $25 for AT&T; Google Fi charges less per GB … Continue reading AT&T Is Caught In A Pickle. Google Is Benefitting.
Disney recently refined its segment reporting into two major categories: "Media and Entertainment Distribution" and "Parks, Experiences and Products" detailed in this filing. We have advocated for a separation of Parks from Media, most recently in March 2020. The requisite leadership is in place to manage two separately-traded public companies post-spin. Disney's Parks, Experiences and … Continue reading Disney Getting Closer To Spinning Parks from Media?
A Big Tech vs. Big Government showdown is far less likely than a marriage of the titans. Whether it be Google's search monopoly, the Facebook/ Twitter/ TikTok social media oligopoly, the AWS/ Azure/ GCP oligopoly, the App Store/ Google Play duopoly, or the iOS/Android duopoly, the amount of power and influence concentrated among the world's … Continue reading The Marriage of Big Tech and Big Government
Apple CEO in-waiting Jeff Williams is a Tim Cook clone. We argue that Apple's next Chief Executive ought to be a risk-taking, product-focused CEO that conducts him/herself with a sense of urgency to drive Product & Services growth. Another caretaker CEO would be less than optimal. Companies mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Cerner … Continue reading Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator
A WarnerMedia sale is not likely to happen before Q4 2021. A WarnerMedia sale is likely to occur, but not before calendar Q4 2021. The WarnerMedia business unit is a significant drag on AT&T's (tkr: T) ability to invest in its core, capital intensive, distribution/data/fiber business. Disney (tkr: DIS) is the natural buyer. Apple (tkr: … Continue reading Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term
You may have heard the term "Product Market Fit" coined by Andy Rachleff. I'm not sure I've seen a better example of "PMF" than the marriage of Walt Disney's world-class content library with a service delivery model that is 100% aligned with consumer preference. Disney content is available across its three SVOD properties: Disney+, Hulu … Continue reading Disney & Product Market Fit
WarnerMedia ("WM") and AT&T (tkr: T), leadership teams should take note. WM/AT&T completely botched its summer movie release schedule, failing to adapt to the post-COVID reality. The company took the "wait-and-see" approach rather than controlling that which it could. The result? Market share lost to Netflix and DisneyPlus. WarnerMedia's summer tentpole film - Tenet - … Continue reading Muscles, Viruses, Nature and People Adapt. So Do The Best Leadership Teams.
Market leaders may iterate and experiment with less risk of customer churn than upstarts working to establish market position. Amazon Prime is a good example. I am toying with the idea of grouping some of our TEK2day writings as an Amazon Kindle book. While playing with the Kindle direct publishing feature I noticed a new … Continue reading Market Leaders Should Experiment Like Amazon