Which studios could Netflix, Apple or Amazon buy?

The agreement of Amazon for the acquisition of Metro (MGM) has just confirmed a trend of concentration that is occurring throughout the audiovisual industry within the framework of the streaming wars.

The purchase, for an amount of 8,500 million dollars, still has to be approved by the regulators, but de facto it will bring Amazon and Prime Video sagas as popular as James Bond or Rocky Balboa. It was the first major acquisition of a technology company to a film studio, but the current context, with streaming increasingly thriving, and doubts about how the sector will turn out after the pandemic in terms of consumer trends, makes it increasingly more analysts believe that this may just be the beginning.

I buy you for your story in the cinema; I let myself be bought by your streaming platform

The pandemic has only accelerated a process that was already cooking. Disney’s deal to purchase FOX -which has ended up reinforcing especially Disney Plus- was only the first. A few weeks ago, AT&T – which had acquired Time Warner in 2019 – announced that it was merging the rights of the studio with Discovery. The result, we already know that it will be called Warner Bros. Discovery, with the aim of creating a streaming giant with HBO Max and Discovery +.

Before that, in 2018, Viacom and CBS with Paramount They also joined forces, first resulting in CBS All Access in its commitment to streaming and later being renamed Paramount Plus.

In the end, within a few years, if we look at the most buoyant film studios of yesteryear, many of them heirs of the era of the greats. majors, MGM was the last to resist in this plot of continuous acquisitions. To finish clearing the map: Time Warner is now part of AT&T, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, Paramount is owned by ViacomCBS and Universal Pictures is controlled by Comcast.