Disney eyes deal for Maker Studios

March 12, 2014
Media and entertainment giant Disney is in talks to buy Maker Studios, one of the largest content providers for online video sharing website YouTube

Media and entertainment giant Disney is in talks to buy Maker Studios, one of the largest content providers for online video sharing website YouTube, a report said Tuesday.

Specialist website Re/code cited "people familiar with the negotiations" and said the transaction would value Maker Studios at $500 million or more.

"If it goes through, it would be by far the biggest bet by a traditional media company in a company built on top of YouTube," the report said.

Maker Studios says its videos are viewed a total of 5.5 billion times per month, most of them on YouTube.

Last week Disney said it had made a deal with satellite operator Dish Network to allow its channels to be watched over the Internet—streamed to smartphones, tablets, computers, or a traditional TV.

Disney channels include ABC, Disney Channel and ESPN.

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not rated yet Mar 12, 2014
Disney. Ugh.

ESPN, and by proxy Disney, are one of the reasons I find cable despicable. This very expensive feed, which I don't want, I have to accept and effectively pay for. All because of Disney.

In another arena, I'm reminded that Disney is pretty much solely responsible for the bizarre copyright duration we have in the U.S. Whenever The Mouse is threatened, Disney buys some new legislation, a new extension.

I suppose someone at Disney thought putting Mickey ears on the water tower was a cute idea. I look at it, I just see a juggernaut.

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