• Mickey Mouse’s New Sibling: American Horror Story

    by  • December 14, 2017 • Fox, Press Release • 6 Comments

    Why the Disney-Fox merger is bad for families.

     

    In response to the news of the Disney-Fox merger, the PTC offered a new take on what this new merger would hold for families.

    “While Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets might be good for shareholders and good for corporate ROI, it opens a Pandora’s Box of vexing concerns for parents and families,” said PTC president Tim Winter.

    “These concerns include:

    1. “The merged company will own a much larger number of cable networks, therefore giving the conglomerate even more economic leverage to force its programming into the cable bundle at even higher prices. Sadly for all cable/satellite consumers, price hikes are inevitable.
    2. “Media conglomerates have trended towards increasing the volume of explicit content on TV shows, and a Disney-Fox merger would be no different. Just look at the fact that Disney will now own FX and FXX – content on which delves into the explicit soft-core porn territory. This is extremely troubling for families. In recent years, only the smaller, independent programmers are filling the huge void by providing safe and uplifting content for families.
    3. “This merger will allow Disney to extend its model of bundled programming from cable/satellite distribution platforms onto newer and emerging digital media distribution platforms.  The digital media platforms were supposed to be the great equalizer and be better for families. But for Disney-Fox, this is about creating a new bundle on a new platform, thereby inhibiting the ability of consumers to choose and pay for only the programming they want.
    4. “Most importantly, the new digital media bundle that will be created as a result of this merger will bring Disney’s Mickey Mouse and FX’s American Horror Storytogether under one roof where kids will inevitably have access to both the innocent programs meant for them and the extremely graphic and grotesque TV shows that are not. Our recent research on streaming services found that children have easy access to adult content, in part, because parental controls are lax or non-existent. We hope that Disney-Fox will be better in this regard, as its content will range from one extreme to the next, and children deserve to be protected from harmful content.

    “We urge the federal regulatory agencies with oversight this Disney-Fox merger – likely DOJ – to make a thorough and careful review to ensure that the unique needs of children and families, and indeed the public overall, are prioritized over the corporate interests,” Winter concluded.

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    6 Responses to Mickey Mouse’s New Sibling: American Horror Story

    1. Donald Feldman
      December 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Though I’m not big on media mergers, I suggest you do your research before spewing out in correct information.
      Disney is only acquiring the Motion Picture portion of Fox. Fox, FX,FXX as well as Fox News, Sports and The Big 10 Network willremain with Murdoch.
      Disney also owns Touchstone Pictures which has their own share of R rated fare.
      If you are to maintain a shred of credibility, I would suggest you do your research or you’ll turn into the fake news outlets that you fear so much.

    2. Sam Fisher
      December 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Well, I have a anti-disney league that will stop them from taking over fox

    3. Nobler
      December 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Your concerns are valid. Your goal is commendable. However, you do not have the power to stop this. You are an ant fighting Godzilla, an earthworm trying to leap into Earth orbit, Uriah fighting the Ammonites all by himself.

    4. Sam Fisher
      December 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

      #boycottdisney. We need to end this company. They are aquiring everything. They had indirectly aquired american horror story. Disney has aquired innaprorate matreiral by buying 20th century fox.

      #killthemouse #bashhimin

      • moax429
        December 19, 2017 at 4:32 pm

        As well as:
        “Myra Breckinridge”
        “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”
        “The Dreamers”
        “Shame”

        Except for the first title, all others were rated NC-17. (“Myra Beckinridge” was originally released with an X rating in 1970, but in 1971 was edited down to get its current R rating.)

    5. moax429
      December 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Department of Justice, *BLOCK THIS MERGER AT ALL COSTS!!!!!*

      Not only would it be bad for families as well as the other reasons stated above, but: (1) both companies lose their individual corporate identities they’ve built over many years; and (2) it could also encourage other studios to merge and ultimately cause the basis for a monopoly in the film industry. (Just look at the recording industry now – it is run by only *3* major companies, and independents are few and far between. Hardly any room for competition.)

      *DON’T* let this merger go through!

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