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April 23, 2014
09:01 EDTTWX, AMZNAmazon, HBO sign multi-year deal to bring HBO programming to Prime members
Amazon.com (AMZN) announced a content licensing agreement with HBO (TWX), making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO. The first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. This is the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service. This programming will remain on all HBO platforms.
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March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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06:55 EDTTWXCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTTWXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTTWXSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
15:56 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
13:06 EDTTWXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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05:46 EDTTWXApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:24 EDTTWXCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
10:44 EDTAMZN, TWXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTTWXDisney's 'Cinderella' takes top spot at domestic weekend box office with $70.1M
Rentrak (RENT) announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 15, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office with $70.1M: Warner Bros' (TWX) "Run All Night" took the second spot at the box office with $11M; 20th Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took third with $6.2M; Warner Bros' "Focus" took the fourth spot at the box office with $5.8M and Sony's (SNE) "Chappie" took fifth place with $5.8M.
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