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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTDTV, CMCSA, BXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
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September 30, 2014
11:54 EDTDTV, CMCSAFCC eliminates sports blackout rules
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06:25 EDTCMCSAFCC asks media companies for Comcast contract details, WSJ reports
The FCC is pushing for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast (CMCSA) ahead of the company's merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the FCC believes the documents contain information that would be relevant in its review. Officials from media companies including CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA;VIAB) met with FCC staff earlier this month to voice concerns about releasing highly confidential materials. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
15:50 EDTBXCSC contacts PE firms on leveraged buyout interest, Bloomberg reports
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15:46 EDTBXCSC explores LBO, contacts Blackstone, Bain to gauge interest, Bloomberg says
07:18 EDTDTV, CMCSAStarz may struggle to sell itself, WSJ reports
Starz (STRZA) may struggle to sell itself, according to the Wall Street Journal citing challenges facing standalone media companies. The publication says that the standalone networks -- Starz, AMC Networks (AMCX) and Scripps Networks (SNI) -- "lack the heft" of larger peers in negotiations regarding affiliate deals, and look "increasingly vulnerable" now that Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and AT&T (T) are joining forces. Reference Link
September 25, 2014
17:50 EDTCMCSACompanies receive U.S. information requests on Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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10:45 EDTDTVDirecTV shareholders approve AT&T merger
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10:44 EDTDTVDirecTV shareholders approve AT&T merger
10:16 EDTDTVDirecTV shareholders vote in favor of merger with AT&T, Bloomberg reports
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September 24, 2014
12:14 EDTCMCSANetflix responds to Comcast's extortion claims, Variety reports
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09:17 EDTCMCSAComcast accuses TWC deal opponents of extortion, Re/code reports
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07:43 EDTCMCSAARRIS and Comcast trial ew RDK software in broadband modems
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September 23, 2014
15:12 EDTDTVDirecTV to host special shareholder meeting
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13:53 EDTBXBlackstone COO says company was 'never in Russia,' CNBC reports
Blacksone COO Tony James disputed a Financial Times report that said the group was "giving up on Russia," reports CNBC. In an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box," James said "We were never in Russia. We've never had an office, employee or investment in Russia." James added that Blackstone has a consultant in Russia but has not determined whether or not to renew the contract. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
06:44 EDTCMCSA'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2014
14:43 EDTBXBlackstone does not renew contracts to its consultants in Russia, FT says
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September 18, 2014
12:23 EDTDTVAT&T ex-partners look to FCC to hinder DirecTV offer, Reuters says
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September 17, 2014
15:50 EDTDTVDISH, DirecTV support committee passage of STAVRA legislation
DIRECTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act, or STAVRA, out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation: "We thank Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune and the rest of the Senate Commerce Committee for passing bipartisan legislation that makes important reforms to the outdated laws governing today’s video market, while ensuring continuity of service to more than 1.5M distant signal subscribers who would, otherwise, lose service at the end of this year. We look forward to working with Congressional leadership to see this reauthorization swiftly passed into law, and also look forward to continuing the important discussion regarding retransmission consent reform, and in particular protecting consumers from local channel blackouts.”
13:34 EDTDTVAT&T could need significant debt to pursue America Movil assets, WSJ says
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07:37 EDTBXMorningstar to hold a conference
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