AT&T to spin off WarnerMedia in tie-up with Discovery | Malay Mail
WASHINGTON, May 17 — AT&T said today it was spinning off its WarnerMedia unit and combining it with Discovery, creating a new standalone media giant and ending the telecom group's ambition to become a content and delivery powerhouse. The deal carves out the AT&T division which includes...
Monday, 17 May 2021 09:44 PM MYTThe deal marks a retreat from the blockbuster acquisition announced in 2016 in which AT&T agreed to buy Warner for US$85 billion as part of a move to combine content and distribution. — AFP picSubscribe to ourTelegram
channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.WASHINGTON, May 17 — AT&T said today it was spinning off its WarnerMedia unit and combining it with Discovery, creating a new standalone media giant and ending the telecom group's ambition to become a content and delivery powerhouse.
The deal carves out the AT&T division which includes HBO, Warner Bros studios and CNN, to ramp up efforts in streaming media against rivals such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime VideoWhen the deal is finalised, AT&T will receive US$43 billion and AT&T’s shareholders will take stock representing 71 per cent of the new company, with owners of Discovery — which operates Discovery Channel, Food Network, Animal Planet and others — holding 29 per cent. headtopics.com
Discovery president chief executive David Zaslav will lead the new company, which will include HBO and its “Games of Thrones” franchise, the Warner Bros library of “Batman” films, and TV channels such as Discovery, Cartoon Network, HGTV, TNT, TBS and Eurosport.
“This agreement unites two entertainment leaders with complementary content strengths and positions the new company to be one of the leading global direct-to-consumer streaming platforms,” AT&T CEO John Stankey.“It will support the fantastic growth and international launch of HBO Max with Discovery’s global footprint and create efficiencies which can be re-invested in producing more great content to give consumers what they want.”
Retreat from empire-buildingThe deal however marks a retreat from the blockbuster acquisition announced in 2016 in which AT&T agreed to buy Warner for US$85 billion as part of a move to combine content and distribution and compete with the likes of Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal.
The slump in WarnerMedia’s value highlights the changing landscape in media as traditional Hollywood giants lose ground to new streaming players.Analyst Richard Greenfield at Lightshed Partners said AT&T never achieved the “synergies” from tieing its broadband and telecom operations with broad content available from Warner Bros, Turner Media and other operations. headtopics.com
“In today’s media world, focused scale is the only way to be both large enough and nimble enough to embrace technological change and carve a meaningful space in a tech platform dominated landscape,” Greenfield said in a blog post.“Merging Discovery and WarnerMedia clearly increases overall scale, but it is not the type of transformative merger we were hoping for from WarnerMedia.”
AT&T’s main streaming platform HBO Max has struggled to gain subscribers, with some 61 million compared with 204 million for Netflix and 164 million for Disney’s platforms which include Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+.Discovery has channels in 220 countries, according to its website.
WarnerMedia had net sales of US$30.4 billion in 2020, and Discovery US$10.7 billion. — AFP Read more: Malay Mail »
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