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July 6, 2013
14:29 EDTFOXA, T, DIS, KKR, DTV, CMCSA, TWCHulu deal depends on rights to TV shows, WSJ says
With the auction for Hulu entering its last stage, the owners of of the service: 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Walt Disney (DIS) and NBC parent Comcast (CMCSA) proposed content-licensing arrangements with potential buyers that would allow the broadcasters to limit the availability of certain hit shows on Hulu's service, says the Wall Street Journal. Contenders for Hulu include: DirecTV (DTV ); Chernin Group, backed by AT&T (T); and Guggenheim Digital Media. Others who have shown interest in Hulu include cable operator Time Warner Cable (TWC) and private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), added the WSJ. Reference Link
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March 18, 2015
07:54 EDTDIS, CMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSA, DTV, TWC, TAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
06:16 EDTCMCSA, DIS, T, FOXAAmerican 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 EDTDIS, FOXA, CMCSABattleground: 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.
07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
13:22 EDTTWCThe Children's Investment Fund reports 5.0% passive stake in Time Warner Cable
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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09:30 EDTKKRConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:25 EDTKKRChinese consortium enters Philips auction, Reuters says
A consortium consisting of Lattice Power, GSR Ventures, and Temasek has placed a last-minute bid in the auction for Philips' (PHG) lighting components business, reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The sources also said the CVC and KKR (KKR) consortium tabled their potentially leading bid. Philips will enter exclusive talks with the winner early next week. Reference Link
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.
12:41 EDTKKRGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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