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News For DISH;DIS;CMCSA From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
18:01 EDTCMCSAFCC's Wheeler reaches out to cable executives, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the matter, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has in recent days called on cable executives to convey the message that the agency is not against any and all future cable deals despite the scrutiny put upon the once proposed Comcast (CMCSA)-Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wheeler, according to the WSJ, called on Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus and Charter Communications (CHTR) CEO Tom Rutledge, as well as other cable executives. Reference Link
12:52 EDTDISESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
10:15 EDTDISHDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTDISHDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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09:02 EDTCMCSAComcast, Level 3 announce long-term interconnection agreement
Comcast (CMCSA) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced they have reached a new multi-year, bilateral interconnection agreement as part of a multifaceted arrangement that will help both companies meet their customers’ needs into the next decade and beyond. "The new arrangement builds on the strong working relationship between Comcast and Level 3, and expands on the agreements already in place," said the two companies.
May 20, 2015
06:28 EDTCMCSAAltice, Time Warner Cable have held talks about potential deal, Reuters reports
According to a source, Reuters reports that Altice is looking into buying Time Warner Cable (TWC), whose merger with Comcast (CMCSA) fell apart last month. The source says Altice has held talks with Time Warner Cable about a potential deal. Charter (CHTR) is also seeking to potentially buy Time Warner Cable. Reference Link
05:40 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable reinstated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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05:37 EDTCMCSAComcast reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays
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May 19, 2015
08:11 EDTDISVerizon CFO says customers 'tired of paying for 300 channels'
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07:36 EDTCMCSAAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:29 EDTDIS, CMCSA21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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06:18 EDTDISHDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
10:24 EDTCMCSAComcast EVP and GM, Video Services Strauss says in 'golden age' of TV
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09:49 EDTDISHEquity options with increasing volume
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTCMCSAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTDIS, CMCSAUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
06:49 EDTCMCSAComcast giving NBCUniversal access to viewer data, NY Post says
Comcast is going to share viewer data collected by set-top boxes to NBCUniversal, which will be added to NBCUniversal's Audience Targeting Platform, reports the NY Post, citing NBCUniversal's head of advertising sales and client partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Reference Link
May 14, 2015
14:46 EDTDISDisney CEO Robert Iger reports sale of ~291K shares of stock
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10:43 EDTDISHDISH CEO says 'not sure' how spectrum will be used in wireless
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:39 EDTDISHDISH CEO says may release Sling TV numbers next quarter
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:37 EDTDISHDISH CEO says AT&T, DirecTV merger will bring tougher competitor
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06:37 EDTDISHDISH, Cogent ask FCC to set conditions for AT&T acquisition, Reuters says
DISH (DISH) and Cogent Communications (CCOI) asked the FCC to force AT&T (T) to sell Internet service as a standalone service, as a condition of the telecom giant's proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters. DISH and Cogent also asked the agency to make AT&T sell standalone Internet service at a reasonable price and at the same speeds it provides in package deals, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:06 EDTDISHDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
May 13, 2015
12:01 EDTCMCSAAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:41 EDTDISDisney CFO says gas prices have 'zero bearing' on park attendance
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
11:18 EDTCMCSAComcast sees giving away 6M voice remotes, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:33 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says 'probably did more licensing than anybody' since buying NBC
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09:24 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says does not 'feel need to rush' to pursue other merger deals
Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Research conference regarding the company's scrapped deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC).
07:16 EDTCMCSAMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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06:55 EDTCMCSAInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:22 EDTCMCSAFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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05:38 EDTDISAlibaba announces partnership with Disney
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May 12, 2015
17:16 EDTCMCSACenturyLink tests 'Prism' TV in Seattle, Puget Sound Journal says
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08:45 EDTDISHDISH shares likely undervalued, says Brean Capital
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08:31 EDTCMCSA, DIS, DISHApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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08:04 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $120 from $105 at Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTCMCSA, DISTV networks touting digital, targeting technologies to marketers, NY Times says
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May 11, 2015
13:01 EDTDISHDISH says involved in several non-disclosure pacts since spectrum auction
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12:46 EDTDISHDISH CEO says still a few channel partners 'I'd like' on Sling TV
Sling TV CEO says Sling TV service is focused on mobile first, not TV. Says Sling TV customers are "comfortable" looking at content on mobile devices.
12:36 EDTDISHDISH CEO says auctions represent the company's 'core skill'
Says if involved, expects to participate in the 600Mhz auction at a "high level."
12:34 EDTDISHDISH says would like to participate in 600Mhz incentive auction
Says main focus is getting through the AWS-3 auction.
12:28 EDTDISHDISH says majority of impact from programmer disputes has passed
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12:24 EDTDISHDISH says difficult to bundle without ESPN
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12:17 EDTDISHDISH CEO says Sling TV should contribute 'meaningful revenue'
Says Sling TV results are "encouraging." Comments from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:02 EDTCMCSAComcast names Michael Cavanagh as CFO
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06:33 EDTCMCSA, DISTV networks worried amid tough competition from digital outlets, NY Times says
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06:17 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 Pay-TV churn rate 1.65%
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06:15 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 EPS 76c, consensus 40c
Reports Q1 revenue $3.72B, consensus $3.74B. Reports Q1 subscriber-related revenue $3.69B.
06:12 EDTDISHDISH activated 554K gross new Pay-TV subscribers
DISH activated approximately 554,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers compared to approximately 639,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined by approximately 134,000 in the first quarter. The company closed the first quarter with 13.84M Pay-TV subscribers, compared to 14.10M Pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2014. Pay-TV ARPU for the first quarter totaled $86.01, compared to first quarter 2014 Pay-TV ARPU of $82.36. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.65% versus 1.42% for first quarter 2014. DISH added approximately 14,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 591,000. DISH added approximately 53,000 net broadband subscribers in the first quarter 2014.
06:11 EDTDISHDISH reports Q1 net income attributable $351M vs. $176M last year
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