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February 5, 2013
12:27 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Disney sees 'difficult' Q1 comparisons in studio unit
Disney (DIS) is scheduled to report Q1 results after the market close on Tuesday, February 5, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The Walt Disney Company is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 76c on revenue of $11.21B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 70c-80c on revenue of $10.98B-$11.41B... LAST QUARTER: Disney reported Q4 EPS of 68c against estimates for 68c on revenue of $10.78B against estimates for $10.92B. The company's media networks revenue was $4.88B vs. $4.8B a year ago, while its studio entertainment revenue was $1.4B vs. $1.46B a year ago. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Disney forecast "difficult" Q1 comparisons in its studio unit from home entertainment, and said that at cable, domestic sports rights costs will be $170M higher in Q1 vs. last year. The company also said Q1 parks and resorts results would be impacted by a timing shift. During the quarter, Disney announced plans to shut down Disney Movies online, its Web Movie service, as the site wasn't keeping up with user demands, and also said it would shutter Junction Point Studios. Disney also increased its annual dividend 25% to 75c per share. Disney and Netflix (NFLX) announced a multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios. Reuters recently reported that Disney recently started an internal cost cutting review, which could lead to layoffs at its studio and other units... STREET RESEARCH: Stifel Nicolaus expects Disney to benefit from multiple catalysts including a compelling content cycle for its Studio unit and a swing to profitability at its Interactive business. The firm expects Disney's EPS growth to accelerate. B. Riley upgraded Disney to Buy from Neutral on January 23 based on valuation, a strong film slate, higher Theme Park margins and a higher rate card at ESPN... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Disney shares are up almost 8%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 8%. Ahead of earnings, Disney is up almost 0.5% to $54.14.
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July 18, 2014
13:39 EDTDISYahoo News hires Golodryga to head up news and finance properties, Variety says
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12:21 EDTDISCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:04 EDTDISComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
08:21 EDTDISTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTDISNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:31 EDTDISMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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06:37 EDTDISFox purchase of Time Warner would challenge ESPN, Reuters says
If 21st Century Fox (FOXA) buys Time Warner (TWX), Fox would mount a significant challenge to Disney's (DIS) ESPN, according to Reuters. An acquisition of Time Warner would add March Madness, prime-time NBA games, and more Major League Baseball games to Fox's already significant arsenal of popular sports events, the news service explained. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTDISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:30 EDTDISTime Warner turned down $80B offer from 21st Century Fox, NYT says
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07:24 EDTDISSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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05:58 EDTDISCBS CEO says 'willing to talk' to Aereo, VentureBeat reports
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July 15, 2014
06:43 EDTDISTime Warner looks for NBA programming deal renewal, Bloomberg says
Time Warner (TWC) and Disney's (DIS) ESPN are looking to renew the last big U.S. sports agreement with the National Basketball Association thatís up for grabs until 2021, according Reuters, citing people familiar with the talks. Time Warner and Disney, which divvy-up airing the games, pay the league an average total of $930M annually. Reference Link
06:36 EDTDISNBA seeks to double TV-rights fees from Disney, Time Warner, WSJ reports
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July 14, 2014
06:56 EDTDISDisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTDISHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 10, 2014
07:14 EDTDISAereo 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

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