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A very recent update on this from CNBC

MGM leads 2020 media acquisition targets as the entertainment world splits into haves and have-nots

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There is now significant and potentially irreversible inequality in the world of media. If you’re looking for an equalizing force, don’t bet on it happening in 2020.

Two major shifts in the past year have made scale — the concept of being as big as possible — more important than ever for media companies. The first is the transition from linear cable TV to streaming services, which are expensive to build out and run and require premium content to stand out.

The second is major consolidation — Disney buying Fox, Comcast acquiring Sky, AT&T purchasing Time Warner and Viacom merging with CBS — that has put media companies with enterprise valuations under $50 billion at a severe disadvantage to their peers.

The result leaves a handful of companies, including AMC Networks (enterprise value: $5.2 billion), Discovery (~$40 billion), Lions Gate (~$6 billion), MGM (private), Sony Pictures (part of larger company, Sony), and even the merged ViacomCBS (~$25 billion), in positions of relative weakness.

On the other side, Netflix (~$160 billion), Amazon (~$965 billion), Comcast (~$320 billion), AT&T (~$487 billion), Disney (~$315 billion) and Apple (~$1.4 trilion) have all put their flags in the ground in what the media calls The Streaming Wars, an evolution from bundled cable TV to a world of a la carte services that can be watched anywhere on any device. If Comcast, Charter/Time Warner Cable, Dish and DirecTV were the Big 4 of the media distribution world for the past decade, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Disney and Netflix look like the Big 6 of the streaming era.

MGM, in particular, seems like a logical candidate to sell this year. Its owners include Anchorage Capital, Highland Capital and Solus Alternative Asset Management, hedge funds that acquired the company out of bankruptcy in 2010. The funds have made a brilliant decision to sit on their asset for nearly a decade, turning a bankrupt content library into an asset likely worth more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. And unlike family-owned media companies like AMC (the Dolan family) or ViacomCBS (the Redstone family), the company’s owners are probably less likely to be deterred from selling.

MGM has held preliminary talks with a number of companies, including Apple and Netflix, to gauge their interest in an acquisition, two of the people said. MGM owns the James Bond catalog and its studio has made several current hit shows including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which streams on Hulu, and “Live PD,” a reality police show that has frequently been the most watched show on cable TV and airs on A&E. It also owns premium cable network Epix. MGM had revenue of more than $1 billion for the first nine months of the year consisting primarily of about $600 million in TV and film licensing revenue and $300 million from Epix subscriptions. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, MGM reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $123 million.
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A very recent update on this from CNBC



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May it slip, fall, and break its neck on this
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Apple should put in a bid.


I despair at times. How could that possibly be a good move for lovers of film?
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Yes seen this same panic before.

Even so, we are only a Golden handshake away from the scenario of having a major studio locked up in the streaming ecosystem.

Ask HD-DVD collectors how well the loss of a major studio goes.

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I despair at times. How could that possibly be a good move for lovers of film?
Maybe the MGM archives will be opened up to view. Why wait forever to see what in the vault. You know you can't sell media if the stuff never see the light of day to get people interested. Oh wait someone here buys a lot of things blind buy!
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Maybe the MGM archives will be opened up to view. Why wait forever to see what in the vault. You know you can't sell media if the stuff never see the light of day to get people interested. Oh wait someone here buys a lot of things blind buy!
So long as they are supporting physical media, I don't care if they did their research thesis on them first or if they bought them all while blind folded.
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Maybe the MGM archives will be opened up to view. Why wait forever to see what in the vault. You know you can't sell media if the stuff never see the light of day to get people interested. Oh wait someone here buys a lot of things blind buy!
This is Apple we are talking about. Most of it will need editing to fit their ‘family friendly’ persona. Apple will be very selective over what films they put out there.
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Maybe the MGM archives will be opened up to view. Why wait forever to see what in the vault. You know you can't sell media if the stuff never see the light of day to get people interested. Oh wait someone here buys a lot of things blind buy!
I do blind buy. I wouldn’t watch a film any other way. My first experience of a film should be in pristine quality. That’s just the way I play it.
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This is Apple we are talking about. Most of it will need editing to fit their ‘family friendly’ persona. Apple will be very selective over what films they put out there.
Your way behind the times, those 2018 Family Friendly articles Apple TV+ don't relate to reality. Thats fake news, they let the content writers handle their own scripts. Someone made up a rumor about Tim Cook writing on scripts " Don't be so mean". Look at some of their content being advertised think a 8 year should be watching it?

Personal note, haven't seen anything that would inspire to use AppleTV+ yet.

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Your way behind the times, those 2018 Family Friendly articles Apple TV+ don't relate to reality. Thats fake news, they let the content writers handle their own scripts. Someone made up a rumor about Tim Cook writing on scripts " Don't be so mean". Look at some of their content being advertised think a 8 year should be watching it?

Personal note, haven't seen anything that would inspire to use AppleTV+ yet.
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Your way behind the times, those 2018 Family Friendly articles Apple TV+ don't relate to reality. Thats fake news, they let the content writers handle their own scripts. Someone made up a rumor about Tim Cook writing on scripts " Don't be so mean". Look at some of their content being advertised think a 8 year should be watching it?

Personal note, haven't seen anything that would inspire to use AppleTV+ yet.

Lots of cool and original content on there. You're missing out, especially at the $4.99 USD per month price.
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Tonight I watched my non-anamorphic DVD copy of The Abyss Special Edition extended cut. I used one of the many zoom settings offered by my Oppo 203 to compensate for the annoying non-anamorphic presentation.

It was a passable viewing experience for a 17 year-old DVD, but damn you James Cameron, and to hell with all of your unwanted Avatar sequels, for not releasing both cuts of this movie (and True Lies) in high definition and, ideally, in 4K. Pull your head out of Avatar's ass long enough to approve the damn completed remasters already. This movie, and True Lies, deserve better than to languish on ancient non-anamorphic dvds!

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Tonight I watched my non-anamorphic DVD copy of The Abyss Special Edition extended cut. I used one of the many zoom settings offered by my Oppo 203 to compensate for the annoying non-anamorphic presentation.

It was a passable viewing experience for a 17 year-old DVD, but damn you James Cameron, and to hell with all of your unwanted Avatar sequels, for not releasing both cuts of this movie (and True Lies) in high definition and, ideally, in 4K. Pull your head out of Avatar's ass long enough to approve the damn completed remasters already. This movie, and True Lies, deserve better than to languish on ancient non-anamorphic dvds!
You do know its eventually coming see https://www.instagram.com/p/Buji4C_gkc_/
This was mentioned in March, promised end of the 2019 approximately, but now Disney has the reins. Disney has a True Lies TV reboot coming to Disney +, imagine True Lies will make it there also.

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