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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTCVC, VIAB, VIACablevision files antitrust suit against Viacom over bundled programming
Cablevision Systems (CVC) announced it filed an antitrust lawsuit against Viacom (VIA, VIAB) in federal court in Manhattan. Cablevision alleges Viacom illegally forced it to carry and pay for 14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to carry must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. Cablevision's complaint asserts that Viacom engaged in a "per se" illegal tying arrangement in violation of the federal antitrust laws. Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit also asserts that Viacom has engaged in unlawful "block booking," which is a form of tying that conditions the sale of a package of rights on the purchaser's taking of other rights. Cablevision said Viacom's conduct also violates the Donnelly Act in New York State Law, which parallels federal anti-trust laws. The complaint was filed under seal and a public version is not yet available. Cablevision said it is seeking a number of remedies including: Declaratory relief voiding the December 2012 carriage agreement; a permanent injunction barring Viacom from conditioning carriage of any or all of its core networks on Cablevision's licensing any or all of Viacom's ancillary networks; to effectuate the permanent relief, a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement; treble damages and legal fees. Cablevision indicated that there would be no immediate disruption in programming offerings pending the resolution of this matter.
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTVIAB, VIAEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
11:50 EDTCVCCablevision Systems August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 23, 2015
05:59 EDTVIAEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTVIA, VIABFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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07:12 EDTVIABIMAX to adapt Vienna State Opera for new Mission: Impossible film premiere
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July 17, 2015
15:17 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom discussing possible purchase of Thrillist Media, Re/code says
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10:05 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Accretive Health (ACHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Cablevision (CVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Domino's Pizza (DPZ) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... First Quantum Minerals (FQVLF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... First Republic (FRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Fresenius SE (FSNUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Golden Minerals (AUMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... JD Wetherspoon (JDWPY) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... NV5 Holdings (NVEE) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Natural Gas Services (NGS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Receptos (RCPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... SKF AB (SKFRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... SolarWinds (SWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Syntel (SYNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... TECO Energy (TE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tangoe (TNGO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tegna (TGNA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI.
07:30 EDTCVCCablevision downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTVIAB, VIAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:30 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
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July 14, 2015
10:01 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:22 EDTVIABViacom estimates lowered on declining kids ratings at Morgan Stanley
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06:38 EDTCVCCablevision initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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