Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) on Wednesday raised its all-cash offer for Britain's Sky (SKYB.L) to $34 billion, topping a raised bid of $32.5 billion for the pay-TV group from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O).
Comcast's initial offer was considerably higher than the Fox bid that valued the satellite broadcaster at £18.5bn.
Fox has increased its bid by just over 30 percent since its first offer in December 2016.
Fox's bid for Sky is the most recent episode in Murdoch's long-running effort to take full control of the company.
Disney secured conditional US approval to buy the assets last month, giving it an edge over Comcast's bid.
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Comcast believes finding such partners will not only allow it to argue that it can win antitrust approval for the Fox assets as easily as Disney, but will also boost its finances as its prepares to make a second all-cash offer later this month, the sources said.
Murdoch's Fox said the performance of Sky since December 2016, including the renewal of the right to show English Premier League matches at a lower price than expected, justified its higher offer.
Disney now has a $71.3 billion deal in place with Fox to acquire the company's film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures; Fox's television creative units Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox's interests in Hulu, Sky plc and Tata Sky.
Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, said it had secured the agreement of the independent committee of Sky for the deal.
Both Comcast and Disney have indicated that they would divest Fox's 22 regional sports networks in order to gain approval for their respective deals. Those assets include the Fox's Hollywood studios, content library, cable channels, global networks, and a 39-percent stake in Sky. On Tuesday, he said he intends to announce his final decisions by tomorrow July 12.
The FBI said the data taken included "engineering schematics, technical reference manuals, and technical reports". During the meeting, he also told a supervisor that he was joining Chinese electric auto startup XMotors.
The British agency said Facebook may have had a "missed opportunity" in 2014 to have thwarted Kogan's activities on the site. The British findings highlight that the fallout from Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal is only beginning.
John Stones had a fine World Cup and will leave the tournament, after the 3rd place playoff, with his reputation enhanced. The second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see Croatia locking horns with England .
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An all-out trade war with China could affect a third of all USA imports, data from Deutsche Bank Torsten Slok show. That "will hit the Chinese export sector hard", said Rajiv Biswas of IHS Markit in a report.
Drake made a surprise appearance at the Wireless Festival in London on Sunday after DJ Khaled cancelled due to " travel issues ". Fans then speculated as to who would take his place, with the Wireless Festival taking to Twitter promising something special.
The biggest thing for me is just continuing to win - and hopefully a few more wins over the next week'. It's down to what we do behind the scenes, what we work on in training, all the hard work to get here.
For Washington, which had depth concerns outside, the risk in forfeiting next year's sixth-rounder was worth it in their minds. They are also in line for a 4 round selection via the compensatory route, thanks to Donte Moncrief signing with the Jaguars.
Crocodiles are farmed for their meat and hides, but large and battle-scarred crocs are usually unsuitable for the handbag market. While the average saltwater crocodile is 17-feet-long, captures of this size are rare, wildlife authorities told CNN .
Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. But Anderson is not letting his thoughts run away, drawing on his experience of reaching the final of last year's US Open .
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Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon didn't seem to be much of a factor, but he made it to the end of the night and finished ninth. Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Martin Truex Jr .
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Old Christchurch Road to Horseshoe Common, Westover Road and Gervis Place will be closed and bus routes will also be affected. Nick Colgan, originally from South Yardley in Birmingham, has lived in the country for the past 15 years.
Israel Fires Patriot Missile at Drone Coming From Syria
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The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". Djokovic, three times a champion at SW19, maintained the dominance he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve.
William, Kate’s third child Prince Louis christened
Kate's sister, Pippa , also wore floral stud earrings for the occasion, opting for a modern gold style unlike Kate's pearls. Meade is also a cousin of Prince William's stepmother, Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall, though several times removed.
Ontario woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot
Upon exiting the store, she climbed in a black Nissan - the vehicle was open and the key's were in the ignition - and drove home. They even tried to explain that the model she was trying to return wasn't on file but she apparently did not want to hear it.