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April 16, 2014
07:12 EDTBSYBY, DISCA, VIA, VIABBSkyB, Discovery make joint offer for Channel 5, Bloomberg says
British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSYBY) and Discovery (DISCA) have made a joint bid for U.K's Channel 5, while Viacom (VIA, VIAB) has also become involved in the sale process, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the talks. A spokeswoman for Channel 5's owner, Northern & Shell, said the company is scheduled to evaluate the offers with advisers in the coming days. Reference Link
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July 21, 2014
06:58 EDTBSYBYBskyB could buy Murdoch's Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland, Sunday Times says
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06:34 EDTDISCADeals increase vulnerability of small cable stations, NY Times reports
Recent major M&A deals, if approved, would make the owners of small cable TV channels more vulnerable, industry executives and analysts say, according to The New York Times. It is uncertain if the small cable TV networks will be acquired or disappear, the newspaper stated. Owners of small cable channels include Discovery Communications (DISCA), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Crown Media (CRWN). Reference Link
06:29 EDTBSYBYBSkyB acquires 70% stake in Love Productions
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTVIAB, DISCACable 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 17, 2014
05:49 EDTBSYBYLiberty Global acquires 6.4% stake in ITV from BSkyB
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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTDISCA, VIABOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTVIA, DISCA, VIABMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
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07:43 EDTDISCADiscovery volatility expected to move on Time Warner rejecting 21st Century Fox
Discovery (DISCA) volatility expected to move after Time Warner (TWX) rejected an $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, (FOXA). Overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average of according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement. Discovery is expected to release of Q2 results on July 31.
July 15, 2014
07:34 EDTVIAViacom multiple poised to expand, says RBC Capital
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July 14, 2014
09:31 EDTVIAAT&T, EPIX reach carriage agreement
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06:56 EDTDISCADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTVIA, VIABHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 10, 2014
09:29 EDTDISCADiscovery Europe strategy creates fantastic buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTVIAB, DISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:29 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO sees content consolidation coming, CNBC reports
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July 8, 2014
18:18 EDTVIAB, DISCAU.S. Media sector initiated with a Neutral at Barclays
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18:09 EDTVIABViacom initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
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18:08 EDTDISCADiscovery initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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07:43 EDTVIAB, VIAComcast growing clout in mobile ads troubling rivals, WSJ says
Executives at several of the large partners to FreeWheel, an online video advertising company acquired by Comcast (CMCSA) in April, are concerned that the cable giant is gathering too much influence over the digital-TV business that will be vital as viewing shifts from traditional sets to mobile devices and tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report lists Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB) Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) as among FreeWheel's customers, but does not attribute the concerns to executives at any of them specifically. Reference Link
06:40 EDTVIA'Transformers: Age of Extinction' grosses over $220M in China, Variety reports
"Transformers: Age of Extinction," from Viacom's Paramount Pictures, grossed over $220M at the Chinese box office in the week to Sunday, July 6, Variety reports, citing data from Ent Group. The movie has broken the country's all-time theatrical record, which was previously set by "Avatar." Reference Link
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