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December 12, 2012
08:31 EDTLGF, VZ, VIAB, CSTR, MGM, VIARedbox Instant by Verizon releases details of disc and digital movie service
Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture between two market leaders, Redbox, a subsidiary of Coinstar (CSTR), and Verizon Communications (VZ), unveiled further details of its soon-to-launch service and announced agreements with Hollywood studios and device manufacturers that will bring thousands of popular movies to consumers at home and on the go. Later this month, the Redbox Instant by Verizon beta product will launch to consumers. Priced at $8.00 per month, Redbox Instant by Verizon offers a subscription package that combines unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies, including titles from premium network EPIX, with four one-night credits per month for the latest movie releases on DVD at Redbox kiosks. For $1.00 more, or $9.00 per month, customers can opt to redeem their four credits for rentals on Blu-ray Disc at the kiosk. Through the agreement with EPIX, Redbox Instant by Verizon's subscription customers will be able to instantly stream new releases such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Hunger Games from EPIX's studio partners, Viacom's Paramount Pictures (VIA, VIA.B), Lionsgate (LGF), and MGM (MGM) 90 days after they premiere in the traditional premium window.
News For CSTR;VZ;VIA;VIAB;LGF;MGM From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2015
12:02 EDTVZFrontier Communications, IBEW AFL-CIO reach agreement in Florida
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09:13 EDTMGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6.7% after reports indicate Chinese government may enact new policies to support Macau's economy. Shares of fellow Macau casino operators Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and MGM Resorts (MGM) are also higher in pre-market trading. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Micron (MU), up 3.3%... CalAmp (CAMP), up 9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Progress Software (PRGS), down 14.5%. ALSO LOWER: Valeant (VRX), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 3.4% after disclosing that its president of U.S. sales and marketing resigned... AIG (AIG), down 3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Gilead (GILD), down 2% following a downgrade to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:41 EDTMGMChina reported to mull new support for Macau, Bloomberg says
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07:35 EDTMGMMacau reports September casino revenue down 33% to 17.13B patacas
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October 1, 2015
17:22 EDTLGFLionsgate wins rights to 'The Kingkiller Chronicle', Hollywood Reporter says
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September 30, 2015
11:31 EDTVZOn Track Innovations files patent infringement lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon
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10:50 EDTVZAT&T, Verizon could find it hard to sell enterprise businesses, CTFN says
The wireline units of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) that serve corporate customers may be viewed as good units to sell if the companies need to raise cash to help defray spectrum acquisition costs, but a small number of potential buyers and low EBITDA multiples for the units could make any such divestitures challenging, contended CTFN. Level 3 (LVLT) could be seen as a potentially interested buyer, but a source within the company told CTFN that purchasing units that are part of other companies, known as a "carve out," doesn't match the company's usual M&A strategy. Reference Link
09:31 EDTMGMLas Vegas reports August gaming win down 1.4% to $908.24M
Las Vegas strip August gaming win fell 4.7% to $527.38M. Publicly traded companies in the casino space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesars (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
09:31 EDTVZVerizon Ventures partners with Grand Central Tech
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09:07 EDTLGFLionsgate signs deal with Buena Vista International for distribution in Russia
Lionsgate has forged an output deal with international theatrical distributors Buena Vista International for distribution of Lionsgate titles in Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The agreement will kick off with Lionsgate's revenge thriller Sicario this fall.
07:42 EDTMGMMacau casinos have new concern with junket embezzlement scandal, WSJ says
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September 29, 2015
18:55 EDTVIAB, VIACablevision, Viacom in talks to settle antitrust dispute, Reuters says
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06:18 EDTVZPublicis signs advertising partnership with Verizon's Go90 service, WSJ reports
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September 28, 2015
15:37 EDTMGMLas Vegas Sands abandons plans for South Florida casino, LVRJ says
Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) senior vice president of government relations confirmed published reports that the company has abandoned its effort to build a casino-resort in South Florida, reported the Las Vegas Review Journal. The report, which noted that Wynn Resorts (WYNN), MGM Resorts (MGM), Boyd Gaming (BYD) and Genting Berhad were also involved in the Florida efforts, said that Sands will now focus its attention on a potential development in Georgia. Reference Link
14:08 EDTVZAOL announces the launch of LIVE by AOL
AOL announced the launch of LIVE by AOL, a comprehensive end-to-end service for the production, streaming, distribution and monetization of live events. LIVE by AOL brings together AOL's world-class video expertise with Verizon Digital Media Services to give content and media partners access to a complete suite of live experience solutions for all screens and devices. LIVE by AOL provides content and media partners with unprecedented distribution through the company's owned and operated properties, including, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and more, in addition to a holistic and open network of over 1,700 publisher partners for live distribution across mobile, digital, over-the-top, and linear TV. In addition to LIVE's expansive reach, the solution also provides complete production capabilities, full content-preparation supported by cross-device, cloud-based encoding that is combined with Verizon Digital Media Services' high-performance stream delivery, and options to monetize through various advertising, sponsorship, and native integration options. "As the video landscape continues to evolve, live programming is the next frontier for innovation," said Jimmy Maymann, EVP and President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands. "LIVE by AOL not only unites the pillars of our business, but enables all of our content and media partners to tap into the power of live programming and bring that success to their own properties. As the lines between traditional television and online video blur, producing, distributing, and monetizing live content in the digital realm will be a deciding factor for those who successfully step into the next era of video."
13:42 EDTVZVerizon offers annual upgrade plan for iPhone users
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07:50 EDTMGMUBS and Deutsche Bank to co-host a forum
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06:50 EDTVZVerizon's go90 wins $80M from backers, NY Post reports
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September 25, 2015
13:17 EDTLGFFly Watch: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' expected to top weekend box office
Sony's (SNE) animated sequel "'Hotel Transylvania 2," which is opening in 3,600 theaters, is expected to win this weekend's box office with a domestic gross of $35M-$40M. The next bunch of films are all expecting similar grosses in the mid-to-high teens. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' comedy "The Intern," starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, is estimated to open in the $15M-$20M range in 3,305 theaters. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest," which opened last weekend on IMAX (IMAX), is expanding to over 3,000 theaters this weekend and is estimated to gross in the range of $15M-$17M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," which grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20, is expected to earn an estimated $16M in its second weekend of release. Warner Bros.' Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," which took in $23.4M in its domestic opening last weekend, is expected to gross $12.5M-$13M this weekend. Additionally, Lions Gate's (LGF) drug cartel drama "Sicario" is playing in about 50 theaters ahead of the film's wide release on October 2.
10:48 EDTVIA, VIABMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
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