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February 26, 2013
08:42 EDTDISH, AMCX, CVCAMC says DISH affiliate fees from Oct. 21, 2012-end 2013 $31M below fair value
AMC Networks (AMCX) stated, "As previously disclosed, on May 20, 2012, DISH Network (DISH) terminated carriage of Sundance Channel and on July 1, 2012 DISH Network terminated carriage of AMC, IFC, and WE tv. We believe the termination was directly related to litigation between DISH Network and VOOM HD. On October 21, 2012, DISH Network and the Company entered into a settlement agreement resolving the litigation. Simultaneously with the execution of the settlement agreement, DISH Network entered into a long-term affiliation agreement with the Company that provided for the resumption of carriage of AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv by no later than November 1, 2012. The temporary carriage termination had a material impact to AOCF and operating income for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2012." AMC said, based on its fair value assessment of the affiliation agreement, the affiliate fees payable by DISH Network to the company from the effective date of the affiliation agreement of October 21, 2012 through December 31, 2013 are below fair value by approximately $31M and the affiliate fees payable by DISH Network over the remaining terms of the affiliation agreement represent fair value. As a result, AMC recorded the $31M excess of the fair value of the affiliation agreement over the contractual affiliation fees as deferred revenue on October 21, 2012, of which approximately $5M was recognized as revenue during 2012 as the programming services were provided. The remaining $26M is included in deferred revenue in the December 31, 2012 consolidated balance sheet and will be recognized ratably over 2013 as the programming services are provided.The company also said, in connection with the VOOM HD settlement agreement, DISH paid $700M to an account for the benefit of Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and AMC Networks. Pending a determination of the allocation of the settlement proceeds, $350M of the cash proceeds was distributed to each of Cablevision and AMC. AMC stated, "The final amount to be allocated to the Company is yet to be determined and may be significantly less than $350M."
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Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevisionís Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTAMCXOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded at Wells Fargo... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Era Group (ERA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RSA Insurance (RSNAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Rockwell Automation (ROK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:09 EDTAMCXAMC Networks upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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January 21, 2015
11:28 EDTDISHDISH found liable for 'tens of millions' of telemarketing violations by court
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January 20, 2015
19:27 EDTDISHDISH Slingbox, Hopper features upheld in copyright ruling
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07:25 EDTAMCXViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
18:03 EDTDISHDISH, Fox News reach content carriage agreement
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January 14, 2015
17:19 EDTDISHDISH being questioned by FCC over Sling online TV service, Re/code reports
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16:33 EDTDISHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:28 EDTDISHViacom carriage deal with DISH goes until 2016, Faber says
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06:28 EDTDISHViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.

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