The new offer trumps a US$52.4bln all-stock deal by Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) for the same 21st Fox assets, which Fox has agreed to.
If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney, it will gain control of Fox’s TV production and movie assets as well as its satellite channels Sky TV and Star in India and its global TV channels.
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The ruling sets a precedent for other big mergers of it kind and suggests that Comcast may face less resistance in its attempt to outbid Disney for the Fox assets.
Comcast shares held steady to close at US$32.32 while class A shares of 21st Century Fox closed up 7.7%.