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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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July 10, 2014
11:31 EDTLGFLionsgate enters agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment
Lionsgate has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the home entertainment distribution of God's Not Dead, the two companies announced. Under the agreement, Lionsgate has secured electronic sell-through VOD, SVOD, pay-per-view and television distribution rights in the U.S.
09:29 EDTDISCADiscovery Europe strategy creates fantastic buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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07:28 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO says not worried about Warner Bros. financing, Variety reports
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07:14 EDTTWC, DIS, CMCSAAereo 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
05:50 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX VHC
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July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA, DTV, T, TWCDISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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14:45 EDTTWXTime Warner says no truth to rumor of M&A talks with Google, WSJ reporter says
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12:52 EDTTWXGasparino says hearing 'buzz' of Google buying Time Warner
Charles Gasparino of Fox Business tweeted ahead of the Sun Valley conference, "I'm now hearing more Google buying time warner buzz than any other company will advise once I get to #sunvalley." Shares of Time Warner are at their highs of the day, up 81c to $71.56.
11:02 EDTCMCSAComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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10:02 EDTTWX, DISCA, DISOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:23 EDTTAT&T exec sees connectivity, healthcare at forefront of wearables, Re/code says
Glenn Lurie, who heads AT&Tís (T) emerging-business efforts, said at the MobileBeat conference that he sees wearables devices needing their own Internet connectivity to take off and that he believes healthcare-focused devices, especially those serving the aging population, as a logical starting place for such devices, according to Re/code. Lurie also predicted that wearables will explode, ďjust like tablets," when a device maker cracks the code to making them easier to use. Reference Link
07:29 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO sees content consolidation coming, CNBC reports
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07:10 EDTDISDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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July 8, 2014
18:18 EDTTWX, DISCA, DISU.S. Media sector initiated with a Neutral at Barclays
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18:09 EDTDISDisney initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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18:08 EDTTWXTime Warner initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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18:08 EDTDISCADiscovery initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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07:43 EDTDIS, CMCSA, TWXComcast 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
07:00 EDTTSprint tests discounted versions of Framily, individual plans, CNet reports
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06:59 EDTTMobile payments company Isis to change name
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