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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTCMCSA, FOX, DIS, TWX, CBSO, FOXA, CBSEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
CBS (CBS) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 7, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. CBS is a diversified media company that operates entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting, and outdoor segments. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for adjusted earnings per share of 72c on revenue of $3.23B, according to Bloomberg. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-76c, on revenue of $3.15B-$3.31B. LAST QUARTER: CBS reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates for 75c on revenue of $3.86B against estimates for $3.92B. CBS also reported a repurchase of $2B or 31.4M shares in Q1. As of March 31, the company had $3.43B of authorization remaining on its share repurchase program. COMPANY NEWS: On June 25, 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. 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." Shares of TV network broadcasters such as Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox, the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, rose following the news. Reuters reported on July 18 that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said the firm would examine Time Warner's (TWX) CNN if it goes up for sale as part of a merger with Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA). CBS OUTDOOR SPIN-OFF: On July 16, CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) announced its full separation from CBS through the completion of an exchange offer by CBS Corporation of its 81% ownership of the company’s common stock, and following an initial public offering of 19% of the company’s common stock on March 28. As a result, the company is no longer a subsidiary of CBS Corporation. On July 17, the company began operating as a real estate investment trust and intended to elect and qualify to be taxed as a REIT for the remainder of the fiscal year ending December 31, and for subsequent tax years. The Internal Revenue Service issued a private letter ruling on April 16 with respect to certain issues relevant to the company’s qualification to be taxed as a REIT. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on CBS during the quarter. Wells Fargo said on June 11 that CBS's split off of CBS Outdoor was 'positive' for both companies and believed the CBS Outdoor REIT conversion process would occur "much earlier" while CBS could announce a 2.75-3.0 times target leverage ratio earlier than anticipated. The firm had Outperform ratings on both stocks. In regards to the Aereo ruling, On June 25, Wells Fargo said the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo is "clearly a positive" for broadcasters. The firm continued to like stocks in the space, particularly CBS due to near-term catalysts and an attractive valuation. Barclays initiated the U.S. media sector with a Neutral rating on July 8 and said that the new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry overall. CBS was given an Equal Weight rating. PRICE ACTION: CBS shares are up 1.89% since the first day of trade following its Q1 report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, CBS is down 0.4% to $57.41.
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November 27, 2015
08:48 EDTDISDisney falls after ESPN seen losing 3M subscribers since last year
In a regulatory filing late Wednesday, Disney disclosed that domestic subscribers for ESPN as of October 3, 2015 were 92M, as estimated by Nielsen Media Research. In the company's 10-K filing last year, Disney stated that Nielsen estimated that ESPN had 95M subscribers as of September 27, 2014. In pre-market trading, Disney shares slid 2.3% to $116.
07:45 EDTDIS, TWX, CMCSA, FOXA, CBSAmazon plans to let Prime users add other online networks, Bloomberg reports
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November 25, 2015
18:50 EDTDIS, FOXA, CMCSA, FOXAmazon to add other networks, channels to Prime Video, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) will soon partner with "major, well-known" movie and TV channels for its Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, allowing customers to add other online subscriptions to their accounts, reports Bloomberg, citing sources. Prime Instant Video will also feature videos and branding from the new partners, most of which expect some form of revenue sharing with Amazon, and the company is working to allow users to directly log in to other streaming services using their Amazon credentials. The company will also sell prepackaged bundles, said the sources, adding that the features could launch as early as next month. The publication notes that the move may help Amazon better compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Fox (FOX, FOXA). Reference Link
November 24, 2015
15:40 EDTCMCSADoJ probing Comcast's activities in cable ad sales market, WSJ says
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13:16 EDTCMCSAComcast says will cooperate fully with DOJ inquiry, Bloomberg reports
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12:48 EDTCMCSAComcast role in 'spot' cable ad sales market probed by DoJ, Dow Jones says
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Comcast hinders competition in cable ad sales, Dow Jones added.
09:37 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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05:09 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; SRPT DIS
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November 23, 2015
13:34 EDTDISAT&T, A+E Networks reach multi-year distribution agreement
AT&T (T) said in a statement: "AT&T and A+E Networks have signed a long-term, multi-platform distribution agreement, continuing their long-standing relationship. The new agreement delivers to AT&T terms that reflect its new scale and status as the largest pay TV provider in the world." The renewal includes a comprehensive deal that includes linear, TVE, VOD and mobility for the suite of A+E Networks' channels, among the top brands in the media landscape, including: A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, FYI and HISTORY en Espanol. In addition, AT&T will launch VICELAND, replacing H2, as part of the A+E Networks' portfolio. A+E Networks said in a statement: "We have worked together with AT&T for many years and we are delighted that this renewal will allow us to do so well into the future. We are thrilled that AT&T's valued customers will be able to enjoy A+E Networks' award-winning portfolio of brands- including A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, FYI and HISTORY en Espanol - across their multiple platforms, and that VICELAND's new 24-hour channel will be part of that offering." A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group (DIS) and Hearst Corporation.
09:39 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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November 22, 2015
16:22 EDTFOX, FOXA'Hunger Games' finale opens below series average
Though showing clear dominance in the box office rankings, the final film in the "Hunger Games" saga missed analyst estimates in its domestic open. WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" debuted at $101M domestically for the weekend of November 22, missing expectations for $120M-$127M and coming in markedly below the series' $144M first-weekend average. The final entry in the dystopic science fiction tetralogy also saw a weaker open than last year's $121M launch for "Mockingjay - Part 1," though reviews have been slightly stronger. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) latest James Bond outing "Spectre" slipped to second place at the U.S. box office with $14.6M, while Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" took in $12.8M. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Sony's "The Night Before" and STX's "The Secret In Their Eyes," with the two newcomers earning a respective $10.1M and $6.6M.
November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTTWX, CMCSA, DIS, FOXA, FOXBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
08:43 EDTDIS'Star Wars' already over $50M in ticket pre-sales, Variety reports
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November 19, 2015
10:02 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox establishes partnership with Tony Sella
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November 18, 2015
17:44 EDTTWXTCS Capital reports 10.9% stake in Central European Media, urges sale of company
In a regulatory filing reporting its position in the company, TCS Capital stated it delivered a letter on November 18 to Central European Media's (CETV) chairman and board of directors urging the hiring of a financial adviser to explore a sale of the company. In the letter, TCS expressed concern about the "poor performance" of the company's stock price, which it believes is "directly tied to Time Warner's (TWX) dominant position as both the largest debt and equity holder" of Central European.
06:16 EDTCMCSA, FOX, FOXAComcast dumps YES Network, WSJ reports
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November 17, 2015
09:14 EDTTWXDolby, VUDU to release Warner Bros. titles for Dolby Vision
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09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast: Over 1M multifamily residents using Xfinity services delivered by ACN
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08:56 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed debt offering
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06:41 EDTCMCSANBC comedy streaming service beta starts December 3, Engadget reports
Comcast's NBC will make its comedy streaming service available as a free public beta beginning December 3, Engadget reports. Reference Link
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