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December 12, 2012
08:31 EDTVIAB, CSTR, MGM, VIA, LGF, VZRedbox 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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August 28, 2015
09:34 EDTMGMNevada reports July statewide gaming win down 0.96% to $922.89M
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August 27, 2015
11:25 EDTVZSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
05:36 EDTVZVerizon FiOS reaches agreement with Entertainment Studios
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August 26, 2015
06:22 EDTVZGoogle fear Verizon, T-Mobile cell signs could crowd WiFi channels, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTVZVerizon confirms availability of hum to create connected driving experience
Verizon Telematics confirmed the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider. First announced in January at the North American International Auto Show as Verizon Vehicle, hum provides subscribers with a self-installed solution that helps predict potential issues, prevents breakdowns and offers protection when problems do arise. At the simple press of a button, drivers receive diagnostic information, pinpoint roadside assistance and live consultation with ASE-certified mechanics and emergency personnel on-demand. Through GPS-based technology, hum helps accurately dispatch advanced roadside assistance, alerts emergency personnel of a car's location if a crash is detected, and assists authorities in locating a vehicle that has been reported stolen. Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle with the option to add other vehicles for less.
06:02 EDTVZVerizon to announce Hum to connect older cars, The Verge reports
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August 25, 2015
05:59 EDTVZStocks with implied volatility movement; WMB VZ
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTVZBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
16:22 EDTVIAB, LGF, VIA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
13:11 EDTLGF, VIAB, VIAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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07:17 EDTMGMMacau developments negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that its checks on Macau for August indicate that the region's revenues are trending flat to down this month. According to Wells, in August the region's revenues are historically up 4% versus July. The firm adds that comments by Macau casino owner Galaxy suggest that the market has not yet bottomed. Wells believes that the market has not yet stabilized and remains neutral on Macau stocks, although it remains upbeat on their long-term outlook. Publicly traded companies in the Macau gaming space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Melco Crown (MPEL) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
August 20, 2015
08:02 EDTVZFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:36 EDTVIA, VIABBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTVZBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTVZSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTVIABDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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07:13 EDTMGMMacau GGR poised to sink 37% in August, says Bernstein
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August 17, 2015
07:39 EDTVZTMC to hold a conference
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August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTVIA, VIAB'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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