Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

It's hard to know with details so sparse, but if the deal goes through (which remains a big "if"), Disney will own a regional sports empire to buttress its ESPN properties, almost 20 years after tabling plans for ESPN West.

Fox's flagship broadcast network and the cable sports nets FS1 and FS2 are not included in the latest offer.

Fox owns and operates about 20 RSNs across the country, including numerous Fox-branded channels and the New York-based YES Network. Fox will also keep ownership of their local Fox affiliates around the United States.

Bradley also asked the regulator to scrutinise whether the deal would give him too much influence at the heart of the British media.


Need cord cutting tech support? The two sides came to terms in time for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Disney has been planning to launch two new over-the-top (OTT) streaming services to take on Netflix, one for Disney/Marvel/Star Wars properties and one for ESPN news and sports. Disney is first among those poised to snap up the company's holdings.

Fox is reportedly hoping that sports and news will be more resistant to cord cutting because Americans still largely watch news and sports live.

As expected, Fox had little to say about the news. Though details were slim, if Disney were to buy Fox it would mean that the studio would acquire their entertainment division, which includes film properties, TV properties, Nat Geo, and more.

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