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Back in 2016 AT&T announced that it was buying Time Warner Media and its affiliate networks, CNN, HBO and TNT, however, the process has been a long road (that’s still continuing today), including a failed U.S. Appeal and backlash from many political figures. The deal was suggested to be approximately $85.4 billion and bring large changes to the entertainment, information, and telecom economies, but where does the merger stand today? As the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, AT&T in an unprecedented measure announced that it would engage in a vertical merger with TimeWarner to enhance its services and remain competitive in the current climate of the industry. The deal would combine a large telecom provider and a media giant under one roof, meaning AT&T would not only own content distribution, but the content itself. While the idea was intended for a bright future for both companies, it wasn’t met with the same optimism...

It wasn’t long ago that Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced that Disney would not only merge with 21st Century Fox, a topic I delve into in my latest blog post “Morris Esformes on Breaking Down the Disney / Fox Merger,”  but that it would also pull all of its licensed films and shows from Netflix to roll out its own streaming service Disney Plus (Disney+), priced at a moderate $7 per month. Disney’s buyout of 21st Century Fox alone positions the mass media and entertainment conglomerate ahead of its competitors, a small win as it already ranks in the top 10 global conglomerates and number two in media conglomerates, however, its roll out of Disney Plus may just boost the media giant into the number one spot if the platform becomes successful. Currently, Disney has already announced Star Wars and Marvel content that are set to stream at...

With the current state of the market and increase in digital consumption, high-end tech companies are looking to roll out their own streaming services in hopes of gaining market share from the industry dominator, Netflix. Thus far, we’ve seen Amazon.com., Inc., increase its production spendings on Amazon Prime Video streaming services to gain momentum in the market. The Walt Disney Company, in its own effort to take lead in the market, pulled all of its films and shows from the Netflix platform to roll out Disney+, a topic I discuss in a recent blog post entitled “Morris Esformes on Breaking Down the Disney / Fox Merger.” Netflix, trying to maintain its dominance in the industry, allocated more than $6 billion to creating original content. Now, Apple is looking to expand its streaming services with Apple TV+. Apple rolled out its original version of Apple TV, at the time called iTV, back...

What initially started as a competitor to Blockbuster has evolved to take on the film and media industry as a whole. Netflix, a streaming platform that launched in 1998 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, was initially designed as a direct-to-consumer business that sought to mail DVDs directly to your home, ultimately cutting out the middle man, at the time known as Blockbuster. Later, in 2010, the company rolled out DVD streaming, a move that launched them into virtually every household prior to development of competitors, such as Hulu, HBO GO, and provider-specific streaming services. While its original streaming service put Netflix on top, it wasn’t too long before other streaming services would inevitably surface. Table with popcorn bottle and Netflix logo on Apple Ipad mini and earphone. Netflix is a global provider of streaming movies and TV series. In 2012, Netflix made the decision to focus on becoming a producer...

In today’s digital age, industries across every sector are forced to adapt to a digital consumer climate. So far we’ve seen Netflix dominate the world of film and television streaming services, ultimately encouraging competitors such as Hulu, HBO GO and Amazon; we’ve seen Pandora and Spotify lead the music streaming industry, allowing consumers to switch between tracks freely and create their own playlists; now, it’s time for a leader to emerge within the video game streaming market--and currently, the war is on. According to Axios, dominant tech companies, such as Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon, are all reportedly working on what’s been deemed the “Netflix of video games,” with the hopes of surging ahead and leading the video game subscription market. However, the idea is a lot easier said than done. Netflix was able to lead the market by exploiting a loophole in content licensing within the film and television industry,...

Morris Esformes Shows You The Top 8 Venture Capital Blogs Morris Esformes analyzes the top venture capital blogs on the web that every founder, entrepreneur, or finance professional should read. Many businessmen and women with an entrepreneurial drive may consider taking a financial risk to go out on their own one day. To best prep for entrepreneurial experiences, reading entrepreneurial blogs by leaders in the industry can be a great resource to stay informed of the many risks and decisions involved in starting your own business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGKnBrSxpHA Andrewchen.co Andrew Chen, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz, features long-form essays on startups, growth, metrics, and network effects. In addition, Chen contributes to high-end outlets, such as The New York Times, Fortune, Wired and the Wall Street Journal. Featuring regular scheduled content, Chen offers thoughtful blogs from a true Silicon Valley Insider. A Smart Bear Jason Cohen, a well-known investor, mentor and bootstrapper, has been writing about startups...

This Morris Esformes article was originally posted on Medium. The international market is booming and the percentage of entrepreneurs is increasing at a significant rate all over the world. The number of self-employed people have seen a major growth between 2014 and 2018, not only in the U.S., but also in other countries across the world. To keep yourself abreast of the changes in the market, and how they can affect your venture, it is critical to understand the trends impacting entrepreneurial ventures in 2019. Read the latest Morris Esformes article on climate change Continued Growth Of The Sharing Economy Peer-to-peer based sharing or collaborative consumption of services and assets is what is known as the “sharing economy.” Successful ventures like Uber, Lyft and AirBnb are ideal examples of the sharing economy. Their mantra of “access over ownership” has helped these businesses garner huge success in recent years, and predictions are that their run at success will continue in 2019 as...

As a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU), I was excited about the news of a Disney buyout of 21st Century Fox. A portion of this excitement extends from the fact that the MCU, would finally have access to fan favorite Marvel properties, such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Up until now, Fox has controlled the movie licenses for these superhero properties, and much of their film output has been met with criticism by both critics and fans alike. Disney, and Marvel Studios, could now extend their seemingly midas touch to these series, and incorporate them into the MCU. Breaking Down the Finances As a student studying finance, the complexities involved in massive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) always interest me, so I decided to do a little digging and see what other implications could come from this buyout. The massive merger between Disney and 21st Century...