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February 21, 2014
07:59 EDTTWC, CMCSA, DISH, DTVDirecTV CEO White against Comcast, TWC deal, WSJ reports
DirecTV (DTV) CEO Mike White says Comcast Corp.'s (CMCSA) proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) would create "unprecedented media concentration in one company," reports the Wall Street Journal. He pointed to broadband as one service the merger would dominate. Meanwhile, there's renewed speculation that DirecTV and Dish Network (DISH) could seek a merger. Reference Link
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December 17, 2014
11:14 EDTDISHNetflix rises after MKM downplays production risks, DISH deal announced
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are climbing after research firm MKM Partners recommended that investors buy shares of the online streaming service heading into the New Year. The shares could triple or quadruple over the next four to five years, the firm predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Some believe that Netflix's stepped up content production increases its risk, MKM analyst Rob Sanderson reported. However, Netflix's movie content purchase deals carry similar risk and the company's massive content portfolio insulates it from risk, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Sanderson disagrees with initial reviews of Netflix's "Marco Polo" series. The series is no "Games of Thrones," but the season of "Marco Polo" as a whole is better than the first few episodes, Sanderson believes. Netflix should benefit more than expected from the advent of 4K resolution and the company should announce partnerships with cable companies at a faster rate next year, the analyst indicated. He continues to identify the stock as his favorite large-cap name and estimates that it could triple or quadruple over the next four or five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Satellite broadcaster DISH (DISH) earlier today announced that it had become the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix app into its set-top box. The app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, DISH added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix gained 3.4% to $327.21.
11:09 EDTCMCSAFormer Hulu CEO gears up to launch Vessel, Re/code reports
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is getting ready to launch a web video service called Vessel, which utilizes YouTube stars, Re/code reports. Reference Link
09:53 EDTDISHDISH integrates Netflix into set-top box
DISH (DISH) today became the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the Netflix (NFLX) app into its set-top box. Available on DISH’s second-generation Hopper, the app gives customers the ability to instantly stream Netflix movies and TV shows, including “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” from the same platform used to access their linear television channels. The Netflix app will rollout to DISH customers throughout the day. The Netflix app is currently available on all broadband-connected second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. In the coming months, DISH expects the app to rollout to Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Additionally, in the future, titles available on Netflix could be integrated into the search functionality across live, recorded and Video On Demand programs for both the Hopper as well as DISH’s forthcoming OTT service.
08:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable, Boingo Wireless launch Passpoint roaming access
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December 16, 2014
08:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online live stream of NBC, WSJ reports
Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is launching a live stream of its broadcast network online today and plans for it to be available on mobile platforms early next year, but NBC does not plan to sell a separate online version without requiring a pay-TV subscription, unlike peers CBS (CBS) and Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:46 EDTCMCSAComcast to allow Roku users to stream premium channels, Re/code says
Comcast reached a deal with set-top box company Roku that should allow its users to stream HBO and Showtime by authenticating subscriptions to their respective apps, reports Re/code.Reference Link
December 15, 2014
08:34 EDTCMCSANexstar announces long-term affiliation agreement with NBC Television Network
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December 11, 2014
06:24 EDTCMCSA, DISHDISH plans to leave broadcast channels out of basic online TV package, WSJ says
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05:18 EDTDISHNexstar, DISH reach distribution agreement
Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) announced that it reached a new distribution agreement with DISH Network (DISH) allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar’s programming. The agreement covers Nexstar’s broadcast platform inclusive of 60 network affiliated and local stations in 46 markets. On Monday, December 8, Nexstar granted DISH an extension until 11:59 p.m. ET tonight to the companies’ previous agreement.
December 10, 2014
05:53 EDTDISHStocks with implied volatility movement; SPLS DISH
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTCMCSADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:11 EDTCMCSADiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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06:48 EDTCMCSAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:32 EDTDISHCitigroup calls on DISH to split into two companies
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06:25 EDTCMCSAComcast, USA Network trialing 'Playing House' on-demand , WSJ reports
Comcast (CMCSA) is planning to make new episodes of the sitcom "Playing House" available first on its on-demand service and air them on the USA Network the following week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
05:24 EDTDISHNexstar provides third extension to DISH distribution agreement
Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) announced that it has provided the third extension of its distribution agreement with DISH Network (DISH) allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar’s highly rated programming until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 10. The agreement covers Nexstar’s broadcast platform inclusive of 60 network affiliated and local stations in 46 markets. DISH’s previous extension with Nexstar expires at 11:59 p.m. ET. Nextar stated that for over two months, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with DISH and Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached without a service interruption to viewers in affected markets.
December 8, 2014
14:36 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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10:42 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:23 EDTTWCUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 7, 2014
12:26 EDTDISHCBS, DISH reach content carriage agreement
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