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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTCVC, VIA, VIABCablevision 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 22, 2014
06:20 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTVIABCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTVIAB, VIAMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTCVCPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
07:34 EDTVIAViacom multiple poised to expand, says RBC Capital
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July 14, 2014
09:31 EDTVIAAT&T, EPIX reach carriage agreement
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July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTVIA, VIABHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTCVCAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTVIABOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 8, 2014
18:18 EDTVIABU.S. Media sector initiated with a Neutral at Barclays
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18:09 EDTVIABViacom initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
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07:43 EDTVIA, VIABComcast growing clout in mobile ads troubling rivals, WSJ says
Executives at several of the large partners to FreeWheel, an online video advertising company acquired by Comcast (CMCSA) in April, are concerned that the cable giant is gathering too much influence over the digital-TV business that will be vital as viewing shifts from traditional sets to mobile devices and tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report lists Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB) Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) as among FreeWheel's customers, but does not attribute the concerns to executives at any of them specifically. Reference Link
06:40 EDTVIA'Transformers: Age of Extinction' grosses over $220M in China, Variety reports
"Transformers: Age of Extinction," from Viacom's Paramount Pictures, grossed over $220M at the Chinese box office in the week to Sunday, July 6, Variety reports, citing data from Ent Group. The movie has broken the country's all-time theatrical record, which was previously set by "Avatar." Reference Link

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