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December 31, 2012
10:04 EDTDIS, CHTRCharter Communication, Disney announce new distribution agreement
Charter Communications (CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) announced a comprehensive long-term distribution agreement to deliver Disney’s lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to Charter TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. Launch of content across the new distribution platforms is planned to begin in the first half of 2013. As part of the new multi-year deal, The Longhorn Network will launch in Texas, Louisiana and Virginia systems by football season next year. Charter and The Walt Disney Company will also introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as the upcoming ABC News/Univision Joint Venture, a 24/7 news, information and lifestyle multi-platform network for English-dominant and bilingual Hispanics. In total, approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of this agreement including: ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN 3D, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3, The Longhorn Network, and retransmission consent for WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WLS-TV, KGO-TV, KTRK-TV, WTVD-TV and KFSN-TV, as well as more than 10 high-definition networks. Charter customers will receive broad access to existing authenticated products like WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior, the to-be-launched WATCH ABC and WATCH ABC Family services and WatchESPN.
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March 2, 2015
12:00 EDTDISFCC probing Comcast, Time Warner Cable, The Verge says
The FCC is investigating whether Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable (TWC) limited or restricted companies' ability to access streaming video services, according to The Verge, which cited an FCC document. Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Viacom (VIA) were among the companies approached by the FCC about the matter, The Verge stated. Reference Link
February 27, 2015
06:07 EDTDISTiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
13:19 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding FCC's adoption of open internet rules
Charter Communications released the following statement regarding the FCC's adoption of open Internet rules. "Charter supports net neutrality because our subscribers expect nothing less than a free and open Internet. This means that Charter does not block, slow down or prioritize Internet traffic. However, the rules adopted today will add fees to customer bills, create regulatory uncertainty and lead to years of litigation that, together, will slow the progress and development of faster broadband for our subscribers. Rather than operate within this outdated and overly broad regulatory regime, Charter looks forward to working with Congress to pass a new open Internet law that protects consumers, provides certainty for investors and freedom for innovators."
12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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05:43 EDTCHTRCablevision downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
February 24, 2015
07:30 EDTCHTRJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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