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Amazon bids for Disney’s 22 regional sports networks, including YES Network, sources say

Amazon is bidding for all of the 22 regional sports TV networks that Disney acquired from 21st Century Fox.

The e-commerce giant’s bid includes the New York-based YES Network, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. An unknown sovereign wealth fund, along with the Yankees, are also bidding for the New York network.

To clarify, I believe these are mainly the various regional Fox Sports networks that Disney just acquired from Fox.

jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:35 AM (#5789563)
Amazon is doing its very best to buy all of the things.
   2. McCoy Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:38 AM (#5789565)
Wow
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:07 AM (#5789591)
Interesting that the regional sports networks had to be separated from ESPN as a condition of the sale.
   4. jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5789593)
Apparently Fox is also going to bid for them, so we probably shouldn't just assume Amazon will land them.
   5. Biscuit_pants Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5789595)
I would love to see what a fresh approach to sports networks would bring, hopefully Amazon buying them would bring that. Most of the programming seems very formulaic and stale.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:14 AM (#5789601)

Apparently Fox is also going to bid for them, so we probably shouldn't just assume Amazon will land them.


Yes, it's possible that Fox acquires the stations, and then Amazon acquires Fox.
   7. jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5789606)
Yes, it's possible that Fox acquires the stations, and then Amazon acquires Fox.

Is that seriously a rumor, or are you just kidding?
   8. Greg Pope Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5789607)
An unknown sovereign wealth fund, along with the Yankees, are also bidding for the New York network.


"unknown sovereign wealth fund"? What, it's the Saudi crown prince?
   9. Biscuit_pants Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5789610)
"unknown sovereign wealth fund"? What, it's the Saudi crown prince?
My first thought was Scrooge McDuck
   10. BrianBrianson Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5789617)
I would love to see what a fresh approach to sports networks would bring, hopefully Amazon buying them would bring that.


The original programming on Amazon Prime seems to be all oscar-bait type drama (there may be a few exceptions, but compared to the Netflix offerings, Amazon has really monotonous stuff). I have to think Amazon will make it the stalest, blandest approach possible.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:40 AM (#5789622)
Amazon is doing its very best to buy all of the things.

Some anti-trust action against Amazon, Google, and Facebook is long overdue.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: November 20, 2018 at 11:50 AM (#5789635)
Is that seriously a rumor, or are you just kidding?


Just playing the percentages.
   13. Biscuit_pants Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:07 PM (#5789645)
The original programming on Amazon Prime seems to be all oscar-bait type drama (there may be a few exceptions, but compared to the Netflix offerings, Amazon has really monotonous stuff). I have to think Amazon will make it the stalest, blandest approach possible.
I have not watched any Amazon original programming, so did not know that. That would suck to get a new player to the broadcast game with the same result.
   14. PreservedFish Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:09 PM (#5789646)
I'm still surprised by how bad Amazon's instant viewing website is. Not easy to navigate or to find new stuff.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5789649)
I'm still surprised by how bad Amazon's instant viewing website is. Not easy to navigate or to find new stuff.

Are you talking about Prime?

But yes. I find all the streaming sites have terrible interfaces. Netflix is just as bad. All they do is spam you with their original content, and TV series. They make it a chore to find a movie.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5789663)
They make it a chore to find a movie.


You ain't kidding.
   17. Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 20, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5789698)
Amazon is doing its very best to buy all of the things.


And sell all the things. In three years all commerce will just be Amazon shipping stuff from one warehouse to another. Who needs customers? Just cut out the middleman.
   18. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: November 20, 2018 at 01:24 PM (#5789702)
Just don't pop the bubblewrap!
   19. T.J. Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM (#5789783)
The original programming on Amazon Prime seems to be all oscar-bait type drama (there may be a few exceptions, but compared to the Netflix offerings, Amazon has really monotonous stuff). I have to think Amazon will make it the stalest, blandest approach possible.

I'm not sure what you mean here. Among series (so by definition not Oscar-bait; Emmy-bait, yes), I really liked THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. It cleaned up at the Emmys, which I guess confirms what you said? SNEAKY PETE is fun, with a great cast, although it got repetitive here recently. JACK RYAN was OK. Lots of people I know like BOSCH, but I haven't watched it yet. TRANSPARENT gets a lot of positive buzz. I've heard mixed things on MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. Amazon is involved in AMERICAN GODS, which I loved and sure as heck isn't "the usual," although it showed on Starz here in America.

Among their original movies, THE BIG SICK was great. I'm not sure what other movies they've produced/distributed.
   20. Bote Man Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:39 PM (#5789786)
Netflix is just as bad. All they do is spam you with their original content, and TV series. They make it a chore to find a movie.

Netflix is getting out of the movie rental business; just try finding classics or even highly popular movies made in the 1980s and 1990s--it can't be done much of the time.

And I agree with Snapper, Amazon and Facebook have become history's 40th and 41st greatest monsters, so the solution to breaking up the Disney/ESPN monopoly is to sell parts to another growing monopoly. I guess Jeff Bezos has become that little guy in the tux now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars.
   21. Master of the Horse Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:40 PM (#5789787)
MITHC season 2 kind of sucked. Jack Ryan like you wrote was solid. Sneaky Pete is a trip
   22. jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:42 PM (#5789788)
I'm not sure what you mean here. Among series (so by definition not Oscar-bait; Emmy-bait, yes), I really liked THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. It cleaned up at the Emmys, which I guess confirms what you said? SNEAKY PETE is fun, with a great cast, although it got repetitive here recently. JACK RYAN was OK. Lots of people I know like BOSCH, but I haven't watched it yet. TRANSPARENT gets a lot of positive buzz. I've heard mixed things on MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. Amazon is involved in AMERICAN GODS, which I loved and sure as heck isn't "the usual," although it showed on Starz here in America.

Among their original movies, THE BIG SICK was great. I'm not sure what other movies they've produced/distributed.

That other post didn't ring true for me, either. Their original tv shows have been all over the map, including a season-long documentary about Manchester City. The new Julia Roberts one, Homecoming, is getting great reviews (but I haven't seen it). They've done some interesting things.

They do seem to be chasing prestige with their movie output- Manchester (different Manchester!) By the Sea and Beautiful Boy come to mind.
   23. Biscuit_pants Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:47 PM (#5789790)
I've heard mixed things on MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.
This is the one series or theirs that I have wanted to watch.
   24. Biscuit_pants Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5789791)
MITHC season 2 kind of sucked.
So don't watch it huh? Oh well
   25. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5789793)
Man in the High Castle didn't really do it for me. I think just a general "what if the allies lost" would have been a lot more interesting to me than the supernatural stuff. I liked Jack Ryan, Sneaky Pete is OK, Bosch is good but I'm a sucker for that stuff.

I like Netflix' app pretty well. I think it's easy enough to find stuff, I just wish "My List" was consistently the first option. Amazon Prime has a pretty good search function if you know what you are looking for but it sucks for browsing. Netflix is good for that.
   26. Master of the Horse Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5789794)
24--season one was pretty good. season 3 things recovered. Just sharing.
   27. T.J. Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5789800)
Man, I forgot about HOMECOMING. It's great, and also not the usual fare. Started as a weird, atmospheric podcast starring Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaacs. I loved MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, too.
   28. T.J. Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5789801)
I just wish "My List" was consistently the first option.

QFTMFT.
   29. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5789802)
Jack Ryan was really, really good in parts. And really, really infuriating in others. At least for me.

Really solid acting. Great production values.

But poor writing really ruined it for me. It really broke immersion for me, just ho terrible everybody in that show was at their job. As well as some very obvious and glaring plot holes, and super extreme coincidences. The whole drone pilot plotline seemed to only be there to have a single deus ex machina to resolve a not even that major moment, etc.
   30. Master of the Horse Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:16 PM (#5789805)
Should this be moved to the culture thread??
   31. BrianBrianson Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5789806)
I didn't necessarily mean it as an indictment of quality (though, there isn't an Amazon original I've tried to watch I haven't found boring - but okay, maybe they're just not for me). But just - monotony. Like every original show they've made has been targetted at my mother in law.

Netflix hasn't been like that. I've liked some, disliked some. Some are clearly geared at people like me, and some clearly ain't. Which is all good.

But if you all agree about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, maybe I'll look for it.
   32. DL from MN Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:20 PM (#5789807)
Is MLB.tv part of the regional sports networks? If not, who owns that?
   33. McCoy Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:26 PM (#5789811)
MLBAM. I think one of their spinoffs is also involved and there are minority partners in that such as Disney, NHL, and the NBA.
   34. jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 04:38 PM (#5789820)
I didn't necessarily mean it as an indictment of quality (though, there isn't an Amazon original I've tried to watch I haven't found boring - but okay, maybe they're just not for me). But just - monotony. Like every original show they've made has been targetted at my mother in law.

Netflix hasn't been like that. I've liked some, disliked some. Some are clearly geared at people like me, and some clearly ain't. Which is all good.

But if you all agree about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, maybe I'll look for it.

I responded in the pop culture thread, as I saw you moved the discussion there.
   35. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:32 PM (#5789833)
A friend of mine loved The Man In The High Castle and, although he knows I do not watch TV at all, urged me over and over to watch it. So I watched the first three episodes.

It sucked. Sorry.
   36. Michael Paulionis Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:37 PM (#5789836)
Man, I forgot about HOMECOMING. It's great, and also not the usual fare. Started as a weird, atmospheric podcast starring Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaacs.


I'm interested to see how the dynamic between the Keener/Isaacs characters work in the adaptation. They had a believable flirtation/mutual admiration that I just don't know if it can be recreated with Julia Roberts and 24-year-old Stephan James. Maybe they will ditch the romantic flirtation, but if they keep it in, I just don't see it working organically in the way Keener and Isaacs made the age difference still work.

The interesting key will be Bobby Cannavale in the role David Schwimmer originally portrayed. Schwimmer's character was really compelling. Might have been Ross' best acting of his career (I almost wish they had cast Schwimmer in the Amazon adaptation).
   37. T.J. Posted: November 20, 2018 at 07:15 PM (#5789854)
Can someone direct me to the pop culture thread?
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: November 20, 2018 at 07:38 PM (#5789859)
Just don't pop the bubblewrap!


Awesome comment. (although I'm pissed that she was killed off like that....I kept hoping for a save.)
   39. McCoy Posted: November 20, 2018 at 08:02 PM (#5789872)

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