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April 28, 2014
06:07 EDTCMCSA, CHTR, TWCComcast announces divesture agreements with Charter
Comcast (CMCSA) and Charter Communications (CHTR) announced that the companies have reached an agreement on a series of transactions, whereby the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) entity, following completion of Comcast's previously announced merger with Time Warner Cable, will divest systems resulting in a net reduction of approximately 3.9M video customers. The divestiture will reduce Comcast's post-merger managed subscriber total to less than 30% of total national MVPD subscribers. Pursuant to the agreement, and following the close of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Charter will acquire approximately 1.4M existing Time Warner Cable subscribers, increasing Charter's current residential and commercial video customer base from 4.4M to approximately 5.7M, and making Charter the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter and Comcast will also each transfer approximately 1.6M customers respectively. In addition, Charter, through a tax free reorganization, will form a new holding company that will own 100% of Charter, and acquire an approximate 33% stake in a new publicly-traded cable provider to be spun-off by Comcast serving approximately 2.5M customers. Charter will provide management services to SpinCo. The agreement will be executed via three separate transactions, which are subject to the completion of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. The transfer of systems, asset purchase and SpinCo acquisition will be valued at a 7.125 times 2014 EBITDA multiple, and Charter will make additional payments to Comcast over time as tax benefits from the asset sale are realized. Comcast has reaffirmed that, after taking into account the transactions with Charter, it continues to expect its merger with Time Warner Cable to generate approximately $1.5B in operating efficiencies.
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July 18, 2014
08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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July 17, 2014
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:22 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CHTRComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
05:30 EDTCHTRCharter downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2014
14:03 EDTCMCSA, TWCNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:05 EDTCMCSAVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:42 EDTCMCSATime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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07:43 EDTCMCSASenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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07:40 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast to see better than expected accretion from TWC deal, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Comcast (CMCSA) to $65 from $60 to reflect the potential for significant value creation and better than expected accretion from its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) including multi-billion opportunities leveraging both companies. The firm, which keeps Buy ratings on both stocks, also raised its price target on Time Warner Cable to $186 from $165.
05:58 EDTCMCSACBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTTWC, CMCSAPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
July 14, 2014
12:18 EDTCMCSAComcast acquired PowerCloud Systems for under $50M, TechCrunch reports
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07:42 EDTCMCSAComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:56 EDTCMCSA, TWCDisney, 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 EDTCMCSAHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTCHTR, TWC, CMCSAAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTTWC, CMCSADISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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11:02 EDTCMCSAComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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July 8, 2014
07:43 EDTCMCSAComcast 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
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