Why are media mergers so tough to pull off?

Apr 8, 2024
Corporate marriages are hard. And corporate marriages in the always-in-flux media business can be even harder.
A successful marriage of entertainment companies in the internet age is difficult — but not impossible.
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The streaming industry is in an awkward, crowded spot. Consolidation might help.

Feb 28, 2024
An abundance of options and services means some streamers struggle to turn a profit.
“The equilibrium can’t be 10 different streaming services where I can’t remember which one has 'Big Bang Theory,'" said Michael Smith at Carnegie Mellon.
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Amid scrutiny, Kroger and Albertsons say merger may take longer than planned

Jan 16, 2024
Washington state is suing to block the supermarket deal and the FTC and several state attorneys general have raised antitrust concerns.
The proposed Kroger-Albertsons combination has drawn pushback from the Federal Trade Commission and several state attorneys general over antitrust concerns.
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UFC + WWE: A match made in a ring. Or is it an octagon?

Apr 3, 2023
The brands are merging to form a new publicly traded company. It could give fans of each fighting world a chance to learn to like the other.
WWE matches, like the one above, are scripted, while UFC fights are real.
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Bidding war for Spirit Airlines breaks out

Apr 6, 2022
JetBlue steps up with an offer.
Following the Spirit-Frontier merger announcement, JetBlue put in an unsolicited (and high) offer.
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Why is the Sprint-T-Mobile merger taking so long?

Nov 15, 2019
The deal continues to be subject to a lawsuit by state attorneys general.
A pedestrian walks by a Sprint store in San Francisco, California.
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What Xerox could get out of a deal with HP

Nov 6, 2019
Both companies have been office equipment mainstays.
The HP logo is seen at Hewlett Packard's headquarters in Palo Alto, California on November 4, 2016.
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For public good, not for profit.

T-Mobile-Sprint merger depends on promise to bring 5G to rural America

May 21, 2019
But it will require big spending on new tech in areas with small customer bases.
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.

The media mega-merger that changed everything

Mar 4, 2019
Thirty years ago Monday, Time Inc. announced it would acquire Warner Communications Inc.
The logo and trading information for Time Warner is displayed on a monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) June 13, 2018 in New York City.
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