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February 26, 2013
11:44 EDTVIAB, VIA, CVCCablevision 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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August 28, 2015
10:43 EDTVIAB, VIAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead box office for third week
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August 26, 2015
06:22 EDTCVCGoogle fear Verizon, T-Mobile cell signs could crowd WiFi channels, WSJ says
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August 25, 2015
10:01 EDTCVCCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTVIA, VIAB'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
13:11 EDTVIA, VIABFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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August 20, 2015
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 18, 2015
10:17 EDTVIABDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTCVCCable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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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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