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August 14, 2014
09:07 EDTSIRI, TMUS, SBAC, VZ, T, TWX, LMCA, CMCSA, FOXA, CBS, S, DISCA, AMTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
Telecom & Media Corporate Access Day to be held in New York on August 14.
News For AMT;CBS;CMCSA;DISCA;FOXA;LMCA;S;SBAC;SIRI;T;TMUS;TWX;VZ From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
06:07 EDTVZVerizon confirms availability of hum to create connected driving experience
Verizon Telematics confirmed the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider. First announced in January at the North American International Auto Show as Verizon Vehicle, hum provides subscribers with a self-installed solution that helps predict potential issues, prevents breakdowns and offers protection when problems do arise. At the simple press of a button, drivers receive diagnostic information, pinpoint roadside assistance and live consultation with ASE-certified mechanics and emergency personnel on-demand. Through GPS-based technology, hum helps accurately dispatch advanced roadside assistance, alerts emergency personnel of a car's location if a crash is detected, and assists authorities in locating a vehicle that has been reported stolen. Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle with the option to add other vehicles for less.
06:02 EDTVZVerizon to announce Hum to connect older cars, The Verge reports
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August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTFOXA, CMCSATV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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13:59 EDTCMCSAHouzz acquires GardenWeb from NBCUniversal
Houzz, a start-up that operates a platform for home remodeling and design, announced on its corporate blog that it has completed the acquisition of the GardenWeb home and gardening community from Comcast's NBCUniversal. Reference Link
10:57 EDTTWX, FOXA, CBSHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:01 EDTCBSCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
08:33 EDTCMCSAComcast expands advanced fiber network to Meyers Business Park
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07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast to increase speeds for Xfinity Twin Cities area customers
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06:25 EDTTAT&T to rebrand services in Mexico, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTTWXWarner Bros. in talks with China Media Capital to form film JV, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; S GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Sprint (S) 77, Google (GOOG) 41 according to iVolatility.
05:59 EDTVZStocks with implied volatility movement; WMB VZ
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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09:45 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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06:30 EDTDISCADiscovery exec: Group in 'hand to hand combat' with Netflix, Guardian says
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTVZ, TBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
16:22 EDTTWX, CMCSA, FOXA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
13:11 EDTFOXA, CMCSAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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08:53 EDTTWX, FOXA, CBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
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