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News For DISH;T;VZ;VOD From The Last 14 Days
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March 19, 2015
12:44 EDTVODVodafone signs letter of intent for stake in Metroweb, Bloomberg says
Vodafone has signed a letter of intent to buy a stake in Metroweb from F2i Sgr, reports Bloomberg, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. The letter of intent does not state financial terms but two of the sources say Vodafone may fund a capital increase for as much as $532M in Metroweb's Sviluppo unit. The sources add that Vodafone stipulated that no single phone-service company gains majority control of Metroweb. Reference Link
09:05 EDTTApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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07:04 EDTTAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
13:59 EDTVZ, TT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
10:26 EDTVZVerizon agrees to settle 911 outage probe for $3.4M
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09:23 EDTVZVerizon 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.
07:30 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTTAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
11:23 EDTDISHApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:02 EDTDISHHigh option volume stocks
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09:10 EDTDISHDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
09:07 EDTDISHDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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06:10 EDTVZSpherix announces Markman hearing held as scheduled in Verizon case
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March 16, 2015
11:53 EDTDISHDISH abused small business program in auction, FCC Commissioner says
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated: "Last month, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau disclosed that two companies in which DISH Network Corp. has an 85% ownership stake are claiming over $3B in taxpayer-funded discounts on licenses they won during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. As I said then, allowing DISH, which has annual revenues of approximately $14B and a market capitalization of over $34B, to obtain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies would make a mockery of the small business program. The evidence of abuse continues to mount. DISH recently disclosed that it made approximately $8.504B in loans and $1.274B in equity contributions to those two companies—hardly a sign that they were 'very small businesses' that lacked access to deep pockets. Moreover, we now know that DISH’s abuse of the program had an enormous impact on actual small businesses serving actual customers." Reference Link
07:37 EDTVODVodafone outlook still positive, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says that euro weakness and uncertainties relating to the Indian spectrum auction have caused Vodafone's stock to underperform. But the firm believes that, in April, attention should shift to Vodafone's full-year results and its improving outlook in Europe while the company should resume growing in 2H15. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
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