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February 28, 2014
06:12 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, DIS, CMCSKNippon TV acquires Hulu service in Japan
Nippon Television Network Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement with Hulu, LLC, to acquire Hulu’s Japan business. The transaction, which is subject to certain regulatory conditions, is expected to close in early Spring, marking Nippon TV’s entry into the SVOD business. As part of the acquisition, the parties will be entering into a separate agreement in which Hulu will license its brand and technology to a subsidiary of Nippon TV, as well as provide support services that will enable Nippon TV to continue to make the SVOD service available under the Hulu brand using the same platform. Hulu is a joint venture between NBCUniversal (CMCSA), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and The Walt Disney Company (DIS).
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March 20, 2015
12:32 EDTCMCSAMadison Square Garden names Sharon Otterman as Chief Marketing Officer
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09:59 EDTCMCSACharter may have interest in Cablevision 'at some point,' says Detwiler
Detwiler Fenton believes there is truth to last week's reports of Charter (CHTR) being in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. In addition, the firm says its checks indicate Charter may have interest in buying Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision (CVC) "at some point" as a part of a lager acquisition strategy. Detwiler adds Charter's potential deal strategy assumes Comcast's (CMCSA) bid for Time Warner (TWC) wins regulatory approval. Should the deal not get approved, Detwiler believes Charter will turn its attention back to Time Warner.
08:13 EDTCMCSA, DIS, CMCSKCanada to 'unbundle' cable TV offerings by December 2016
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06:36 EDTCMCSA, CMCSKWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTFOXA, DIS, CMCSK, CMCSAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
12:09 EDTCMCSK, FOXA, CMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, DISVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTCMCSA, CMCSK, DISComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTDIS, FOXA, CMCSK, CMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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13:06 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, DISBattleground: 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, 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 EDTCMCSA, DISNetflix 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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