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Disney Sells Stake in Tata’s $1 Billion India TV Platform


Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) has struck a deal to sell its minority stake in Tata Group’s subscription television broadcaster, Tata Play Ltd., according to sources familiar with the matter. This move allows Disney to focus on merging its Indian unit with billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s media arm, Viacom 18 Media Pvt.

The transaction values Tata Play Ltd. at approximately $1 billion. Tata Group now holds full control of the TV platform after acquiring Disney’s 29.8% stake.

This deal comes amidst significant changes in India’s media landscape. In late February, Disney signed a binding agreement to merge its India unit with Viacom 18 Media Pvt, creating an $8.5 billion entertainment giant with 750 million viewers.

Tata Play, incorporated in 2001 as a joint venture between Tata Group and TFCF Corp., formerly known as Twenty-First Century Fox, provides pay television via set-top boxes and over-the-top video streaming through its app. The company has a pan-India footprint with 23 million connections. In 2022, Tata Play filed confidentially for a domestic initial public offering, but the listing has yet to occur.

Earlier this year, Tata Group increased its stake in Tata Play to slightly over 70% by buying out Temasek Holding Pte’s stake. Temasek first invested in Tata Sky, as it was then known, in 2007.

Representatives for Tata Group, Disney, and Temasek declined to comment on the deal.

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