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April 21, 2014
19:45 EDTTWC, CMCSA, NFLXComcast responds to Netflix opposition to Time Warner Cable deal
Comcast (CMCSA) issued a statement in response to Netflix's (NFLX) statement in its quarterly earnings report that it opposes Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Comcast said, in part, "Netflix's opposition to our Time Warner Cable transaction is based on inaccurate claims and arguments. There has been no company that has had a stronger commitment to openness of the Internet than Comcast and we are the only ISP in the country that is currently legally bound by the FCCs vacated Net Neutrality rules. In fact, one of the many benefits of our proposed transaction with Time Warner Cable will be the extension of Net Neutrality protections to millions of additional Americans." Comcast concluded by saying, "Netflix is free to express its opinions. But they should be factually based. And Netflix should be transparent that its opinion is not about protecting the consumer or about Net Neutrality. Rather, its about improving Netflixs business model by shifting costs that it has always borne to all users of the Internet and not just to Netflix customers." Reference Link
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March 19, 2015
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTNFLXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. 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, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTCMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTCMCSAVerizon 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.
08:05 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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07:54 EDTCMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTTWC, CMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTCMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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March 17, 2015
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
13:06 EDTCMCSA, NFLXBattleground: 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 EDTCMCSAApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTNFLXApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:26 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:21 EDTCMCSAAtlanta Braves and Comcast announce technology and real estate partnership
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:12 EDTNFLXConcerns over Netflix competition overblown, says Stifel
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