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February 26, 2013
08:42 EDTAMCX, DISH, 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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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTAMCXCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTAMCXMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
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10:01 EDTDISHNTELOS expansion of DISH program an incremental positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the expansion of NTELOS' (NTLS) fixed wireless broadband program with DISH (DISH) as an incremental positive for NTELOS and the firm believes the company's 2.5GHZ spectrum is an "important hidden asset." Wells thinks NTELOS will keep seeking "out of the box" partnerships in its service areas and keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:58 EDTDISHNTELOS, DISH expand Internet service pact to Virginia
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07:43 EDTDISHSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTCVCPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
16:57 EDTDISHCourt of Appeals reaffirms rejection of Fox's claims against DISH's Hopper
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16:44 EDTDISHFox Broadcasting loses bid to halt 'Dish Anywhere,' Hollywood Reporter says
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14:43 EDTDISHDISH's Ergen, LightSquared resolve legal dispute, Reuters says
LightSquared, a bankrupt wireless venture owned by Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital Partners, and Dish Network Chairman Charles Ergen have resolved a legal dispute in which LightSquared had accused Ergen of trying to surreptitiously gain control of the company, says Reuters. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
13:40 EDTDISHVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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07:14 EDTCVCAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:02 EDTDISHDISH to participate in upcoming wireless spectrum auction, Re/code reports
Dish Network is planning to participate "meaningfully" in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction, Re/code reports. Dish has signaled that it could allocate the airwaves for high-speed mobile services. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTDISHDISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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10:53 EDTDISHDISH, Ergen sued by Harbinger regarding LightSquared, Reuters says
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