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The offer is likely to be followed up by another from Comcast a rival bidder for Sky which screens hit shows such as Westworld

Comcast Corp has raised its offer for Britain's Sky in a deal valuing the pay-TV group at $US34 billion ($A46 billion), topping a raised bid of $US32.5 billion from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.

Comcast gatecrashed Mr Murdoch's attempt to buy the 61% of Sky his company did not already own in February while the Fox deal awaited government approval.

During their bidding war with Comcast, Disney suggested $38 per share in cash and stock for Fox's assets, which was approved by the Justice Department with the condition (that Fox agreed to), that Fox's regional sports networks are divested.

"We welcome this increased offer", Martin Gilbert, deputy chairman of Sky, said in an emailed statement.

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Fox, which owns 39% of Sky and is due to gain British regulatory clearance for the deal this week, upped its offer to £14 ($18.60) a share, from its earlier £10.75 a share.

Mr Wright said this marks "the final stage of the public interest consideration of this case" and that it is "now a matter for the Sky shareholders" to decide whether to accept Fox's bid.

Neither Comcast nor Sky immediately responded to requests for comment.

"Fox coming back in for Sky isn't a surprise in itself, but the fact the offer is slightly behind what some had anticipated brings another twist", said George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

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Sky gives Fox and Comcast a rare opportunity to diversify out of the United States and reach more consumers directly.

The end of the week is also be the deadline for Comcast to post an offer to Sky shareholders, who then have 60 days to consider that offer under United Kingdom takeover rules. Of the assets he's seeking to acquire from Fox, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger called Sky "a real crown jewel".

Murdoch's Fox said the performance of Sky since December 2016, including its renewal of the right to show English Premier League matches at a lower price than expected, justified its higher offer.

Rupert Murdoch's Fox has been waiting for approval from United Kingdom regulators before putting the deal to shareholders. The opposition has not completely subsided despite the plan to spin off Sky News.

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