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LA Times Article on Possible Disney Sale to Apple

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  • LA Times Article on Possible Disney Sale to Apple

    http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...502-story.html

    A very interesting topic of conversation. What are your thoughts on the possibilities? What would Disneyland look like in the hands of Apple? What about Star Wars?
    "I do not like to repeat successes. I like to go on to other things." - Walt Disney

  • #2
    These articles have popped up a few times recently and there is something important to remember about this, this is just a reporter saying "Apple has the money and it would be a cool thing to buy". None of these articles have presented any evidence that either company is interested in doing this.

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    • #3
      This is true. But sometimes, where there's smoke, there's fire. I think it's quite the coincidence that these rumors are popping up a lot lately. I also think there is some substance to this particular report in that they are correct in advising that Apple needs to do more than rely on a single product/revenue stream since the smart phone market has reached saturation point. Acquiring Disney may be their "next big thing".
      "I do not like to repeat successes. I like to go on to other things." - Walt Disney

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      • #4
        And yet Apple sold Pixar, to Disney
        Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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        • #5
          A much better-written and-researched article on this subject is Why Apple Could (but Won't) Buy Disney.

          A quote:

          It's a good story, but...

          While analysts on Wall Street like to dream big, the likelihood that Apple will acquire Disney is small. Apple's head of content, Eddy Cue, downplayed the idea of a megamerger at Recode's Code Media conference in February. When asked about the possibility of such an acquisition, he said:

          "[T]o the extent if we wanted to do what everybody else is doing, then you're right, we might be better off buying somebody or doing that. But that's not what we're trying to do. We are trying to do something that's unique, takes advantage of our platforms, and that really brings culture to it."

          While Apple makes numerous acquisitions every year, its largest to date has been Beats Music for $3 billion. That's a far cry from the $237 billion a potential marriage with Disney might entail. There are also many more ways for Apple to acquire content or beef up its service revenue without emptying its war chest. While it's true that anything is possible, that doesn't mean every idea makes sense.
          "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
          Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
          imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

          - Neil Gabler

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          • #6
            I agree that, while it's a fascinating idea, Apple will likely never (in the foreseeable future, at least) merge with anyone. However, I could definitely see them cutting a large-scale deal, with Disney, for media distribution rights and co-branding for the Apple and its media store. That is, of course, if Apple could get Disney to eventually move away from their current arrangement with Netflix.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 4th Gen Disney Fan View Post
              This is true. But sometimes, where there's smoke, there's fire. I think it's quite the coincidence that these rumors are popping up a lot lately. I also think there is some substance to this particular report in that they are correct in advising that Apple needs to do more than rely on a single product/revenue stream since the smart phone market has reached saturation point. Acquiring Disney may be their "next big thing".
              No smoke here.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MRaymond View Post
                And yet Apple sold Pixar, to Disney
                Apple never owned Pixar. Pixar was a publicly traded company with Steve Jobs as a major shareholder.

                Apple buying Disney is just a lot of people speculating on what Apple could do with its money. They've also speculated Apple could buy Tesla and many other companies.

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