Lina Khan's FTC is bad news. It reminds me of the FTC during the Obama Administration - quick to pick a fight with companies (I know from first-hand experience), without understanding the competitive landscape or how markets work. In this case, Microsoft's Xbox unit is the platform and Activision is the content publisher that will … Continue reading FTC Sues To Block Microsoft’s Activision Acquisition
Live sports still captures the most eyeballs across traditional content categories (certain video game title releases capture more eyeballs). If Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL), WarnerBrosDiscovery (WBD), Fox (FOXA), Comcast (CMCSA), Netflix (NFLX) or another large media player was to announce a deal that it was acquiring a sports franchise, I generally … Continue reading Live Sports Remains The Traditional Content King
New Bain study suggests that 1 in 4 streaming subscriptions is shared. Disney+ tops the list with approximately 33% of people who use the service access it with someone else's subscription. Netflix is #2 with approximately 30% of people accessing the service via someone else's subscription.Read about Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and … Continue reading May I Borrow Your Password?
We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?
The effect of increased competition on Netflix (NFLX), manifested itself in a net subscriber loss for the first time in 10 years. The net subscriber loss manifested itself approximately one year later than we thought it would. Competition has never been greater on the streaming content side of the media world with Disney (DIS), Apple … Continue reading Further Media Consolidation Is Coming
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
As we wrote in September of last year, Netflix (tkr: NFLX), Should Acquire Video Game Publishers. Netflix teased a video game strategy on tonight's earnings call. Disney (tkr: DIS), proved the model on the feature film side with acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. The video game space will prove no different. After all, hit … Continue reading Netflix & Video Games Can’t Happen Soon Enough
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