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June 25, 2014
10:28 EDTCMCSA, MEG, SBGI, FOXA, GTN, CBS, DIS, NXSTBroadcasters jump after Supreme Court rules against Aereo
The Supreme court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. WHAT'S NEW: Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams sued the service for copyright infringement. A district court previously denied an injunction against Aereo that was sought by television networks and the Second Circuit affirmed, but the Supreme Court ruled that "Because Aereo’s activities are substantially similar to those of the CATV companies that Congress amended the Act to reach, Aereo is not simply an equipment provider." PRICE ACTION: Following the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo and in favor of broadcast TV network owners, shares of CBS (CBS) are up more than 5%. Shares of Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, are up 1.4%, 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the owner of Fox, is up 1.6% and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, is up 1%. Meanwhile, owners of television stations are up as well, with Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) up 14%, Nexstar (NXST) up 12%, Media General (MEG) up 6% and Gray Television (GTN) up 4.6%. Reference Link
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March 18, 2015
07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTDIS, FOXA, CMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTCBSTime 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
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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15:56 EDTCBSTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTCMCSA, DIS, CBS, FOXABattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTCMCSANBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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11:36 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, CBS, DISApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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10:21 EDTCMCSAAtlanta Braves and Comcast announce technology and real estate partnership
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09:10 EDTDISDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
10:44 EDTDIS, CMCSANetflix 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.
10:02 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:39 EDTCBSViacom shareholder meeting may question Viacom, CBS control, NY Post says
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March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTDIS, FOXADisney'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.
18:14 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast could return to around $37, Barron's says
Sinclair Broadcast is trading at around a 25% discount to peers and shares could return to a previous high of around $37.00, Barron's argues in its 'The Trader' column. Reference Link
March 13, 2015
17:11 EDTCMCSA, DISSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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15:01 EDTCMCSAFCC stops 180-day clock in Comcast, AT&T deal proceedings
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09:20 EDTCMCSABofA/Merrill media/telecom analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Media & Telecom Analyst Reif-Cohen and Barden, along with Matthew Brill, Pratner at Latham & Watkins LLP, discuss the FCC Open Internet Order on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 13 at 11 am.
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