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January 8, 2013
08:27 EDTDISCA, CMCSA, DISH, TWX, NWSA, VIA, CBS, DISDISH rolls out another feature sure to upset TV networks, AllThingsD says
DISH Network (DISH) unveiled several improvements for its “Hopper” service at the CES, including one that will let customers watch any show they’ve paid to see, on any device and at any time, which is like the "TV Everywhere" plan the TV industry has been trying to roll out, reported AllThingsD. DISH, however, did not ask the TV networks and pay TV providers for buy-in or permission and appears prepared to go to court again to defend the feature, the report noted. Reference Link
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March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTDISHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:59 EDTCMCSACharter may have interest in Cablevision 'at some point,' says Detwiler
Detwiler Fenton believes there is truth to last week's reports of Charter (CHTR) being in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. In addition, the firm says its checks indicate Charter may have interest in buying Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision (CVC) "at some point" as a part of a lager acquisition strategy. Detwiler adds Charter's potential deal strategy assumes Comcast's (CMCSA) bid for Time Warner (TWC) wins regulatory approval. Should the deal not get approved, Detwiler believes Charter will turn its attention back to Time Warner.
08:13 EDTDIS, CMCSA, CBSCanada to 'unbundle' cable TV offerings by December 2016
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07:49 EDTDISHDISH initiated with an Underperform at BMO Capital
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06:36 EDTCMCSA, TWX, CBS, DISHWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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06:28 EDTNWSAReuters' news sites 'inaccessible' in China, Reuters reports
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06:17 EDTCBSCBS price target raised to $72 from $60 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for CBS to $72 and calls the company the stock to own in the space amid changing industry dynamics. Citi sees upside to consensus estimates for 2016 and beyond from CBS's All Access subscriber expansion and Showtime over-the-top offering. It maintains a Buy rating on the name.
March 19, 2015
10:02 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:29 EDTDISCADiscovery initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $38.
07:23 EDTCBSEvercore ISI to hold a tour
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07:04 EDTCMCSA, DISAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTTWXCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
05:24 EDTNWSANews Corp builds investment plan in APN News to 14.99% stake
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March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTTWXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTDISCA, VIA, CBS, CMCSA, TWXSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTCBS, CMCSA, DIS, VIAVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTDIS, CMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:31 EDTVIA, DISCADiscovery, Viacom in talks to be on Apple TV service, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTCMCSA, DISAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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