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Disney-Reliance entertainment biz deal may be beset with antitrust issues

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Reliance, Disney: రిలయన్స్, డిస్నీ విలీనం..! | Reliance, Disney plus Hot  Star are likely to merge - Telugu Oneindia
  1. Disney and Reliance contemplating a merger in India’s media industry to create an entertainment powerhouse.
  2. Comparison drawn with Sony-Zee merger, cleared by the CCI but requiring divestiture of certain TV channels for regulatory acceptance.
  3. Antitrust concerns raised over a potential duopoly and increased market power over users, advertisers, and content creators.
  4. Streaming rights for cricket a crucial area of scrutiny due to Disney Hotstar’s ICC matches rights and Reliance’s JioCinema holding rights for the IPL.
  5. Potential implications on advertising rates and bargaining power, particularly concerning the combined entity’s dominance in streaming.
  6. Disney and Viacom18 together will have the biggest share of the TV ads market at 43% while Zee-Sony would have 25%, making it difficult for others to compete.
  7. As of last year Disney and Viacom18 had a combined share of 30% to 40%, compared with Zee-Sony’s 30-35%
  8. In local language Marathi channels, Disney had market share of 50-55% and when combined with Viacom18 that would rise to between 65% and 75%. In Bengali language entertainment channels, the two would command as much as 50% market share.
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