Originally Posted by moovtune
I don't believe Universal ever had any of the M-G-M library in that deal. It was Fox and Sony that shared M-G-M titles and Fox is issuing many of the M-G-M catalog titles, though not always in the best versions (in my opinion).
I think you miss understood my comment. Universal never did have any control of the MGM library. But the 2004 purchase of MGM by Sony was backed by Comcast and private equity firms TPG Capital, L.P., DLJ and Providence Equity. Sony really wanted the library to help support their Blu-ray program, since at the time they were in a format war with HD-DVD. Comcast had access to the library. but did relatively nothing with is except for use on their On Demand Channels. After their last Chapter 11, Comcast, Sony and the investors have lost just about everything they put into is. Except Sony now distributes MGM pictures and MGM also co-finances film with Sony.
Comcast just does not seem to have any interest in the Universal library just as they did not have an interest in the MGM library. MGM had at the time a few cable networks and that was what Comcast was interested in, just as they are watering at the mouth now that they own the Universal cable networks. What we will see out Universal is what they are able to do for the 100 anniversary and any outside deals they can make with 2nd parties.
What Comcast should do is partner with Fox on their Movie Classic Channel and try to give TCM a run for their money. That would cause Universal to go back and work on their and the early Paramount titles. We might get a benefit from this in the form of more MOD's or launch label with Fox that would be sold over their channel.