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July 7, 2014
07:26 EDTDTV, T, CMCSA, TWC, TWX, LGF, AMCX, DIS, SNI, DISCAConsolidation in focus as media conference kicks off, WSJ says
As Allen & Co.'s annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley kicks off Tuesday against the backdrop of mega-deals like Comcast's (CMCSA) pending merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and AT&T's (T) proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), attendees and industry watchers are wondering which content companies might be in play in the coming months, according to The Wall Street Journal. Analysts and bankers say Discovery Communications (DISCA) could be a target or a buyer in a consolidation wave, the report adds, noting the the company considered buying Scripps (SNI) last year and that analysts have pointed out the benefits of pairing Discovery with Disney (DIS). Other potential M&A targets discussed in the article include AMC Networks (AMCX), Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) and Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
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August 26, 2014
14:45 EDTDISESPN says Verizon signs deal to carry SEC Network
Verizon (VZ) FiOS has signed an agreement to carry the SEC Network and expects to begin airing it prior to Aug. 28, Disney's (DIS) ESPN announced. The deal also includes live viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for SEC Network + across other platforms like smartphones, tablets and laptops. In addition, the deal also includes rights for the FiOS Mobile app, which will be available to FiOS customers in the near future. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
11:37 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable to pay $1.1M to resolve outage reporting violations, FCC says
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10:51 EDTTWC, CMCSAZoom Telephonics files FCC petition opposing Charter's cable modem policies
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09:35 EDTDIS, TWC, CMCSANetflix files formal protest against Comcast merger, Engadget reports
Netflix (NFLX) has filed a petition to the FCC against the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as the streaming company has previously indicated it would, reported Engadget. Netflix claims the deal would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a merged cable giant would have huge leverage over it and rivals like Hulu, which is a joint venture owned by Comcast itself along with partners Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:44 EDTTBest Buy CFO says mobile phone category 'complicated to forecast'
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August 25, 2014
19:00 EDTCMCSA, TWCDISH Network petitions FCC to deny Comcast, Time Warner merger
Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network (DISH) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to deny the merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top video and limit consumer access to online video programming.
17:04 EDTTWXTime Warner to offer buyouts to 4% of cable unit's staff, Reuters says
Time Warner's Turner cable division is set to offer buyouts to from 500 to 600 employees or approximately 4% of its staff, says Reuters. Turner is home to cable networks such as CNN, TNT and the Cartoon Network, added Reuters. Reference Link
14:46 EDTDTVDirecTV, NFL have outline for Sunday Ticket deal, SBJ says
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11:48 EDTT, DTVAT&T, DirecTV agree to deal with DOJ paving way for merger, NY Post says
AT&T (T) has agreed with the Justice Department on terms paving the way for it to acquire DirecTV (DTV), though it could not be learned what, if any, conditions the department has placed on the merger, according to The New York Post, citing a source close to the process. Reference Link
06:20 EDTTWC, CMCSAFCC seeks more data from Comcast regarding TWC deal, Reuters says
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August 22, 2014
10:15 EDTTVodafone rallies amid reports of AT&T takeover bid, FT says
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07:11 EDTTAT&T may mount bid GBP3 per share bid for Vodafone, Daily Mail reports
AT&T (T) is working on a cash bid worth over GBP3 per share for Vodafone (VOD), according to the Daily Mail. The publication says China Mobile (CHL) may be interested in taking a stake in Vodafone of up to 20%. Reference Link
05:58 EDTCMCSAComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
13:16 EDTTT-Mobile offers free data to users who recruit new customers to its network
T-Mobile (TMUS) is offering its current Simple Choice customers a free unlimited LTE data plan upgrade for a full year when they recruit a Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ), or AT&T (T) customer to its network. The new referred customer will also receive a full year of unlimited LTE data for free as well. If a Simple Choice customer who recruits a new user to T-Mobile's network already has an unlimited LTE data plan, they will receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months. The referral plan starts August 29. Reference Link
11:49 EDTTSprint announces $60 per month unlimited wireless plan
Sprint (S) announces an unlimited wireless plan for $60. The plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on Sprint's network for $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's (TMUS) $80 per month unlimited plan, the wireless carrier said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.
06:00 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 20, 2014
06:13 EDTTWCNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
10:01 EDTTAT&T confirms plan to deliver U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in Jacksonville
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07:12 EDTTFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTTAT&T technology routes calls to multiple devices, Re/code says
AT&T has developed technology that sends calls from one device to many other devices, Re/code reported yesterday. Reference Link
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