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The New Age of Corporate Monopolies

By Saurav BhandaryUpdated on December 28, 2017 at 6:12 p.m. ET

Chart from The Wall Street Journal (Oct 2017)

The chart was last updated on October 20, 2017. The most updated Market Caps are included below. Source: NPR│National Public Radio, Inc.│Updated on Dec. 22, 2017

1. AT&T Inc.Market cap: $239 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:   
    • AT&T, DirecTV, U-verse 
    • Time Warner and its properties (Such as CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network)│*Status: Pending*
    • Cricket Wireless, Sky Brasil, YP.com (aka Yellowpages.com)
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Otter Media 
This chart provides an overview of the brands and assets that the proposed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner would bring together.

This chart provides an overview of the brands and assets that the proposed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner would bring together.

2. Time Warner Inc.Market cap: $72 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN: 
    • Turner Broadcasting System
      • CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Turner Sports (NBA.com and NCAA.com)
    • Home Box Office Inc. (HBO® and Cinemax®)
      • One of the most successful pay TV service: HBO® and Cinemax®
      • Services Offered: HBO On Demand®, HBO GO®, HBO NOW®, Cinemax, MAX GO®, Cinemax on Demand, and more.
      • HBO Network: Game of Thrones, Veep, Vice, and more.
    • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
      • Brands: Feature Films, Television, Video games
        • Film franchises include Harry Potter & DC Comics
        • TV series include Big Bang Theory and Gotham
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Hulu, The CW, Fandango 
3. Verizon Communications Inc.│Market cap: $216 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • Verizon Wireless
    • Fios (Verizon’s Package bundle: Internet, TV, and Phone service)
    • Oath Inc. = AOL + Yahoo!
    • HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail, Flickr, Tumblr, Engadget, TechCrunch, MAKERS, BUILD Studios, Rivals.com, Ryot, go90, Terremark
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Complex Media, RatedRed.com, AwesomenessTV, Seriously.TV
4. Comcast Corp./NBCUniversalMarket cap: $191 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • XFINITY, MSNBC, CNBC
    • NBC: News, Sports, TV Network
    • NBC Entertainment
    • Telemundo, Bravo, Sprout, Syfy, E!
    • USA Network, Universal Pictures, Golf Channel
    • Universal Studios and other parks and resorts
    • DreamWorks Animation, Focus Features, Oxygen
    • Philadelphia Flyers (Professional Ice Hockey Team)
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Hulu, BuzzFeed, The Weather Channel, Tastemade
    • Vox Media: Vox, The Verge, SB Nation, Eater, Recode, Polygon, Curbed
    • Instacart (Same-day grocery delivery service)
    • Nextdoor (Private social networking service)
    • Fandango, FanDuel, TuneIn, Houzz, Flipboard, AwesomenessTV, Slack, Zola
5. Walt Disney Co.Market cap: $165 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN: 
    • 21st Century Fox and its properties (Status: Pending)
    • ABC: News, Daytime, TV Network
    • ESPN, Disney Channel, Pixar, Marvel
    • Freeform (formerly ABC Family)
    • Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and other parks and resorts
    • Walt Disney Studios, Disney Digital Network (absorbed Maker Studios)
    • Touchstone Pictures, Lucasfilm, Polaris
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Hulu, Vice Media, A&E, History Channel, Lifetime
6. 21st Century FoxMarket cap: $65 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • FOX: Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Sports, & The Fox TV network
    • National Geographic Partners: Channel, Magazine and other media assets
    • Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox Searchlight Pictures
    • FX, Blue Sky Studios
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Hulu, Vice Media, Endemol Shine Group, Sky plc, Roku
7. CBS Corp.Market cap: $24 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • CBS: News, TV, Radio, Entertainment, Sports
    • Showtime, CNET
    • Smithsonian Channel, ZDNet, TVGuide.com, Last.fm, Metacritic
    • Simon & Schuster (Publishing Company), Watch! Magazine
    • GameSpot (Video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games)
    • Chowhound Restaurant
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • The CW 
8. Viacom Inc.Market cap: $13 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN: 
    • Paramount Pictures, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET
    • Spike, CMT, Centric, Logo TV, TV Land, Tr3s
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Roku
9. Univision Communications Inc.Privately owned
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • Univision: TV, Radio, Digital Networks
    • The Onion: The A.V. Club, ClickHole
    • Fusion, The Root, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Kotaku
    • Ufori (Music service and upgraded radio app)
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • El Rey Network
10. Alphabet Inc./GoogleMarket cap: $741 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN:
    • YouTube, Android, Chrome, Nexus, Pixel, Google Home
    • Google: Search, Gmail, Maps, Hangouts and other apps
    • Waze (The world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app)
    • Blogger, Zagat, Nest, Verily, Project Fi
  • HAS STAKE IN:
    • Uber, Lyft, Giphy, Medium, TuneIn, Slack, Confide, Nextdoor
11. Facebook Inc.│Market cap: $518 billion
  • BRANDS THEY OWN: 
    • Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger
    • Internet.org
    • Oculus 

Here is what the current changing landscape of Big Media looks like (Molla & Kafka, 2018). 

THE BIG MEDIA LANDSCAPE

Source: (Molla & Kafka, 2018)│Last updated on Feb. 5th, 2018. 


*Editor’s Note: The detailed Reference List (APA Format) to be published shortly. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, or if you need further clarification on any issues,  please click here to leave a comment. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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