Tales From the Bitface (Posts about Disney)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:41 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssMouse Takes Foxhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/12/19/mouse-takes-fox/Martin McCallion<div><p>The news that <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/dec/13/rupert-murdoch-set-to-sell-off-21st-century-fox-assets-to-disney”>Murdoch plans to sell 21st Century Fox and Sky TV to Disney</a> is interesting for how it will reshape the media landscape. But it’s good from my point of view for a number of reasons, some relatively trivial and to do with content consumption; and one big.</p> <ol> <li>The X-Men and the Fantastic Four will come under the control of Marvel Studios. Just in time for <cite>Infinity War</cite>. Well, of course, far too late — even, I would imagine, for <cite>Infinity War Part 2</cite>. I expect that’s at least planned by now.</li> <li>Even more trivial, Lucasfilm can put the <a href=”https://daringfireball.net/linked/2012/10/30/disney-lucasfilm”>Fox fanfare</a> back at the start of future <cite>Star Wars</cite> movies (and add them in to future reissues of the recent ones).</li> <li>It will become ethical to watch Sky TV. More of which below.</li> </ol> <p>Above all: better Disney than Murdoch.<sup id=”fnref:murd”><a class=”footnote-ref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2017/12/19/mouse-takes-fox/#fn:murd”>1</a></sup></p> <p>Will Disney own too much? Hell yes. But see above.</p> <p>On the ethics of watching — and paying for — Sky TV: see this blog <em>passim</em> for my thoughts on that. Like <a href=”http://devilgate.org/blog/2017/01/30/things-we-cant-see/”>here</a> and <a href=”http://devilgate.org/blog/2011/07/12/boycott-news-international-for-life-i-already-did/”>here</a>. If Sky had not been owned by Murdoch we might conceivably have got it in the past. But I feel we’re highly unlikely to get it now. Buying a dish in 2017 would just be weird, and our side of the road is not cabled, by some odd historical aberration. But there’s the online version, which I think is called Direct TV. If we had had that I would have been able to watch the new <cite>Twin Peaks</cite> when it was actually broadcast, instead of now, on DVD, as is actually happening.</p> <p>Loving it, by the way. And managed to hear no spoilers whatsoever, surprisingly.</p> <div class=”footnote”> <hr> <ol> <li id=”fn:murd”> <p>I mean, better almost <em>anyone</em> than Murdoch. <a class=”footnote-backref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2017/12/19/mouse-takes-fox/#fnref:murd” title=”Jump back to footnote 1 in the text”>↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div></div>DisneyfilmsfirefoxMurdochpoliticsSkytvhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2017/12/19/mouse-takes-fox/Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:00:09 GMT