MGM Held Talks With Apple and Netflix to Gauge Interest in Acquisition

MGM held preliminary talks with Apple, Netflix, and other large media companies to gauge their interest in a possible acquisition, reports CNBC.

The report confirms another report from The Wall Street Journal last month that suggested Apple was exploring deals for MGM Holdings content, though the talks had "yet to reach an advanced stage."


A deal with MGM would potentially offer Apple a huge catalog of content to add to Apple TV Plus. MGM owns the James Bond franchise and is responsible for multiple hit TV shows like "The Handmaid's Tale," which currently airs on Hulu. It also owns Epix and the rights to movies like "Rocky" and "Mad Max."

There's no word on when and if MGM and Apple might reach some kind of deal, and all companies declined to comment on the ongoing talks.

Right now, Apple is behind other streaming media services. Apple TV+ features a handful of original Apple shows, like "The Morning Show," "For All Mankind," "Servant," and "See." Some of the shows have been nominated for awards and have proven popular, but Apple has a long way to go to be able to compete with the larger catalogs available from Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

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3 weeks ago
I hope who ever buys it relaunches the Stargate franchise.
Rating: 14 Votes
3 weeks ago


You think Apple can afford Disney? Doubtful. It’d be nice to see Apple get some back catalog. That’s what they are missing. Nothing to do after originals are done.

Disney market cap is only 245 billion? Apple would only need half. They could theoretically do it with cash, no?
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago


Just buy disney already and call it a day..all this ***** footing around is getting old.

This is getting old. By this I mean that old "Apple should just buy..." adage. Some think of Apple's shrunken and steadily shrinking cash hoard as if it's disposable income like an individual would have. It is not. Using [USER=118078]@cmaier[/USER] estimation of Disney's market cap at $245B and his guestimate of half of that would get the job done, his question was Apple could do it with cash. That answer is no. Apple has been spending that money on stock repurchases (smarter use of funds than buying Disney imo). As of late summer 2019 Alphabet had more cash than Apple.

Continuing to play with the cash idea, a hypothetical Disney acquisition would be more than 40X larger than the largest acquisition Apple has ever done (Beats at $3B). Bad idea imo. Disney comes with astronomical annual overhead. Most of their revenue comes from their media networks, not studio entertainment. Disney is a hydra that Apple should avoid imo. Apple's better play is to buy what they consider to be wheat (content) and stay away from the chaff that is business interests that don't align with theirs. A lot of Disney does not align with Apple.
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
If this happens we could see Brad Wright revive Stargate.
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Seems like that would be a big win for Apple, if this comes to pass, given the rich heritage of MGM movies.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
Just buy disney already and call it a day..all this ***** footing around is getting old.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
MGM would be great but Apple should be looking at a top tier property. Disney has Marvel and Star Wars, Warner owns DC Comics (Batman, Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman); Apple should go all in and acquire ViacomCBS which would give them Star Trek. MGM's James Bond is nice to have but I don't think it's in the same realm as Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC Comics.

Apple could use AppleTV+ as a platform to expand the Star Trek universe on TV. Star Trek: Discovery and Picard are both doing incredibly well.

CBS would also give Apple a newsroom which would fill in an important component of TV watching. CBSN is already nicely integrated in the online culture and could retain its own news brand remain at arm's length to keep Apple out of the news business directly. Then again, Apple News already has curation so maybe CBS News and Apple News could merge in a way.

CBS also comes with a Sports division, the final important leg in TV programming. CBS owns broadcasting rights for NFL games, NCAA and the PGA Golf Tour.

Aside from getting Star Trek, a CBS/Viacom would give Apple Paramount's entire movie library, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, the CW, CNET, ZDNet, Last.fm, and Search.com. The latter two would be invaluable additions for AppleMusic and a starting point for an Apple search engine.

ViacomCBS is worth $28B, only 7% of Apple's cash hoard. It's a no brainer. Tim Cook, go ahead and pull out your Apple Watch and ask them if they accept Apple Pay.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
Please bring back Stargate I miss it so much. Just please don't ruin it like Star Wars/Trek.
Rating: 7 Votes
3 weeks ago
Wonder how long the consumer will tolerate a zillion streaming services (as I see the Picard ad here for CBS). There will need to be some kind of consolidation and now isn’t the time to overpay. Apple can sit in the side line with their huge pile of cash and jump in later when valuations drop.
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago
Disney better not be the buyer
Rating: 5 Votes

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