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May 12, 2014
07:33 EDTCMCSA, SNEUniversal's 'Neighbors' knocks 'Spider-Man' from box office top spot, WSJ says
The comedy "Neighbors" from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures took in an estimated $51.1M in the U.S. and Canada, knocking Sony's (SNE) "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which grossed $37.2M domestically, down to second place in its second week of release, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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November 17, 2015
09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast: Over 1M multifamily residents using Xfinity services delivered by ACN
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09:02 EDTSNEAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
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
November 16, 2015
08:03 EDTCMCSAComcast to add 400 new jobs in early 2016 at St. Paul office
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November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTSNE'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
November 13, 2015
11:38 EDTCMCSA, SNEBox Office Battle: 'Spectre,' 'The Peanuts Movie' expected to remain on top
Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is again expected to top the box office in its second weekend at theaters, with an estimated domestic gross in the $30.3M-$32.4M range. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film "The Peanuts Movie," starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is again likely to come in second, predicted to earn an additional $28.7M. Newcomer "The 33," a drama retelling the true story of the Chilean miners that were trapped underground in 2010, is expected to open between $5.5M-$10M in 2,400 theaters. "The 33" is being distributed in North America by Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. Pictures, and in Latin America by Fox's 20th Century Fox. Holiday dramedy "Love the Coopers," starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton, is estimated to open in the $5.2M-$8M range. "Love the Coopers" is being released in 2,603 theaters by Lionsgate (LGF) and CBS's (CBS) CBS Films. Fox's "The Martian," which opened on October 2, is predicted to earn an additional $6M-$6.8M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Disney (DIS), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
November 12, 2015
19:29 EDTCMCSADISH files reply with FCC on proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable merger
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18:32 EDTCMCSAHulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner, WSJ says
Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Fox (FOX, FOXA), is in talks to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner (TWX) that would value the service at more than $5B, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. The potential deal would see Time Warner becoming an equal stakeholder alongside the aforementioned companies, with Disney, Comcast, and Fox each reducing their stakes 25% from roughly 33%, said the report. The news comes as Hulu and other players in the media space aim to compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), said the Journal. Reference Link
17:21 EDTCMCSANetflix down 1% after DJ reports Hulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner
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15:51 EDTCMCSAHulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner, DJ says
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14:34 EDTCMCSAIAC bid unlikely best offer for Angie's List, others interested, The Deal says
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November 11, 2015
18:50 EDTCMCSATime Warner, Comcast expand investments in virtual reality, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Albemarle (ALB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ares Management (ARES) reinstated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carriage Services (CSV) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... CubeSmart (CUBE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... NeuroDerm (NDRM) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Perceptron (PRCP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Proteon Therapeutics (PRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Service Corp. (SCI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast announces streaming cable TV service available in Greater Boston region
Comcast announced that Stream TV, a new streaming cable TV service that includes access to live channels from all the major broadcast networks and HBO as well as thousands of on demand choices, is available to current Xfinity Internet-only customers in the company's Greater Boston Region, which includes eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
07:40 EDTCMCSAWells Fargo to hold a conference
6th Annual Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 10-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTCMCSAeOne joins Participant Media as investors in DreamWorks, Hollywood Reporter says
Entertainment One plans to join Participant Media and DreamWorks' stakeholder Reliance Entertainment in investing in DreamWorks, the Hollywood Reporter says, citing sources. The arrangement is expected to be revealed around the same time the deal between DreamWorks and Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will be officially announced, possibly around Thanksgiving, the report says. Reference Link
November 10, 2015
16:42 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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15:10 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile confirms unlimited streaming initiative 'Binge On'
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14:59 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile introduces unlimited video streaming
During Tuesday's Uncarrier X press event, T-Mobile (TMUS) announced "Binge On," a new initiative allowing its customers to stream video without impacting their monthly data caps. The feature will support 24 video services at launch, including Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). Reference Link
09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast extends fiber network to the Modesto Business Park
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