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March 1, 2013
07:08 EDTVZ, DTV, DIS, CMCSA, TWX, CVC, NWSACable-TV companies may see the end of "bundles," WSJ reports
What happens when the "bundle" begins to unravel? The question is taking on intense importance for the cable-TV business (CVC, TWX, NWSA, DIS, VZ, CMCSA, DTV). Attacks on the bundle approach have escalated. Now pay-TV executives, as well as its customers, are openly pondering a world where the bundle no longer reigns, even though such a scenario could be years away, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
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November 13, 2014
07:01 EDTDISHasbro deal with Disney could be impacted with merger, says Piper Jaffray
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06:27 EDTNWSADow Jones to end German, Turkish services, Sunday inserts, WSJ reports
Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp, will eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Sunday Journal, leading to the reduction of 50-60 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. In a staff memo, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis explained that "It will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals." Reference Link
06:17 EDTCMCSASony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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06:02 EDTCMCSAComcast moving ahead with $45B acquisition of Time Warner Cable, AP reports
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November 12, 2014
14:05 EDTVZVerizon enters multi-year research pact with Georgia Institute of Technology
Verizon Wireless announced that it has entered into a multi-year research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology intended to foster development of new technology solutions in multiple categories within the Internet of Things, including telematics, wearables, and LTE network enhancements.
13:42 EDTVZFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
12:56 EDTVZ, CMCSA, CVCFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:08 EDTVZVerizon in settlement with Maryland AG over 'misleading offers'
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11:44 EDTDISSeaWorld sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit, attendance fall
Shares of theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld (SEAS) are plunging after the company’s profit, attendance and adjusted EBITDA all fell significantly on a year over year basis. The also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down from last year. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SeaWorld reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of $1.01, missing analysts' $1.13 consensus by 12 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $495.84M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $495.4M. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $209.1M, a decrease of $45.3M, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2013. Attendance in Q3 ws 8.4M, down from 8.9M a year ago. The company believes the decline in attendance results from a combination of factors including negative media attention in California along with a challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida. The competitive challenges in Florida relate to significant new attraction offerings at competitor destination parks, along with a delay in the scheduled opening of one of the company's new rides at its Busch Gardens Tampa park. The decrease in total revenue in the third quarter was primarily driven by a 5.2% decline in attendance, along with a 2.9% decline in total revenue per capita from $60.74 in the third quarter of 2013 to $58.99. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, SeaWorld forecast FY14 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down 6%-7% and 14%-16%, respectively. The FY14 revenue consensus ahead of the company's report was $1.37B. The company also said it expects to take a restructuring charge of up to $13M in Q4 related to its cost reduction initiatives. The company sees FY14 capital expenditures to be in the range of $155M-$165M and fiscal year 2015 CapEx to be in the range of $185M-$195M. Jim Atchison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that the attendance trends the company experienced in the latter part of the second quarter continued into Q3. He called 2014 a “challenging year,” and said the company was executing a cost savings plan that is expected to deliver approximately $50M of annual cost savings by the end of 2015. He also said the company was adjusting its attraction and marketing plans to address immediate top-line concerns. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SeaWorld fell $2.24, or 12.04%, to $16.36 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.53. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 48% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the theme park space include Disney (DIS), up 0.03%, Six Flags (SIX), down 0.16%, and Cedar Fair (FUN), up 0.76%.
10:43 EDTDIS, TWXBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
10:20 EDTVZVerizon CFO says over-the-top mobile different than OTT on TV
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo says mobile video viewers want different types, lengths of video content.
10:10 EDTVZVerizon CFO sees tablets as 'huge opportunity,' growth engine in next 2 years
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10:02 EDTVZVerizon CFO says company has always operated under open Internet policy
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTCMCSAComcast weakness on Title II pullback a buying opportunity, says Goldman
Goldman recommends buying Comcast on Title II weakness. The firm said Comcast's business practices are largely in-line with the proposed rules, suggesting minimal impact to operations. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and $65 price target.
08:19 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
Maxim downgraded Comcast to Hold saying the company's Internet pricing power could be negatively impacted from potential net neutrality legislation. The firm prefers to wait on the sidelines pending greater clarity into potential Title II legislation.
07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
07:45 EDTCMCSAARRIS should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:10 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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06:22 EDTTWXFunny or Die hires Moelis to explore potential sale, WSJ reports
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