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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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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTDISApple announces Apple Pay
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14:51 EDTTApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
13:58 EDTDISStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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11:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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10:38 EDTSNIScripps Networks management to meet with Jefferies
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07:44 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:29 EDTTUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTDISCADiscovery looks to buy SBS Broadcasting, BroadbandTVNews reports
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07:28 EDTTWXFOX pursues reality TV joint venture agreement, Hollywood Reporter says
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) president and COO Chase Carey said that the company doesn't want to pursue Time Warner (TWX) again or look for another large deal, but the firm is aiming to finalize an agreement to create a reality television joint venture agreement comprised of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media in the future, according to Hollywood Reporter, citing comments from Carey. Reference Link
07:17 EDTT, TWCThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTTUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:03 EDTTTelefonica to trial AT&T's connected home technology in Europe
AT&T (T) and Telefonica (TEF) last night announced plans for a limited trial of AT&T's home security and automation service in Europe. By licensing the AT&T Digital Life platform, Telefonica can offer trial users a wireless home automation platform all managed through an easy-to-use, web-based user interface. AT&T independently owns its platform, allowing for others to license a turnkey solution. AT&T Digital Life is an IP-based, all wireless, home security, smart automation and energy management solution, all contained in an easy-to-use mobile app. Telefonica is the first company to license AT&T's Digital Life platform.
05:16 EDTTSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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September 8, 2014
10:51 EDTTAT&T U-verse TV, Rural Media Group reach distribution agreement
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10:03 EDTLGFLionsgate says Lionsgate UK to assume distribution of Summit films
Lionsgate announced that Lionsgate UK will assume responsibility for the distribution of all Summit label films and will integrate them with the Lionsgate, third-party and locally-produced films it already distributes. The expanded distribution will begin with Summit label films produced after July 2015. The move follows last month's announcement that Lionsgate has moved its international sales headquarters to London. Lionsgate UK's distribution of Summit releases will include Allegiant Part 2, the fourth film in the Divergent franchise, which is slated to begin production in 2016 for worldwide release on March 24, 2017. Distribution of Summit titles in the UK was previously handled by eOne Entertainment. eOne and Lionsgate announced last week that they are extending and expanding their partnership in three territories, with eOne continuing to distribute Lionsgate and Summit films in Canada and Spain and Summit titles in Australia through 2018.
10:03 EDTLGFLionsgate UK expands distribution operations
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08:03 EDTLGFLionsgate increases quarterly dividend to 7c from 5c
e dividend is payable on November 7 to shareholders of record as of September 30.
06:59 EDTTWC, CMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:20 EDTTWC, DISCA, CMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTTApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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