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April 8, 2014
14:36 EDTCMCSA, DTVDirecTV confirms new agreement reached with Weather Channel
The Weather Channel will return to DIRECTV (DTV) tomorrow, the companies confirmed. The parties have reached a new agreement, the financial terms of which were not disclosed. As part of the new pact, The Weather Channel agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays; return instant local weather and allow authenticated DIRECTV customers to watch The Weather Channelís video programming on multiple devices inside and outside the home. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group (BX) and Bain Capital.
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July 5, 2015
16:52 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $30.9M
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July 1, 2015
15:23 EDTDTVDISH's Ergen awaits AT&T-DirecTV approval before more T-Mobile talks, FBN says
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13:57 EDTDTVAT&T-DirecTV deal set to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials, Bloomberg says
AT&Tís (T) proposed $48.5B deal to buy DirecTV (DTV) is slated to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials without any conditions, Bloomberg reports, citing a personal familiar with the deliberations by the Justice Department. The merger still requires approval from the FCC, which may demand concessions such as following net neutrality rules, the report says. Reference Link
08:40 EDTCMCSABofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast attractive during market uncertainty, say Brean Capital
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June 30, 2015
18:11 EDTDTVAT&T, DirecTV merger may get U.S. approval next week, Reuters says
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07:15 EDTCMCSAExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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June 29, 2015
17:25 EDTDTVAT&T, DirecTV elect to further extend merger termination date
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15:32 EDTDTVDoubtful that FCC votes on AT&T, DirecTV deal this week, CTFN says
Sources said it is looking "increasingly doubtful" that the FCC will vote this week on the proposed merger between AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), according to CTFinancialNews. Reference Link
14:11 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal ending relationship with Donald Trump, LA Times reports
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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13:58 EDTCMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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08:25 EDTCMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCMCSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
05:41 EDTDTVAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTDTVAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
15:04 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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09:52 EDTDTVKimberly-Clark names DirecTV CEO Michael White to board of directors
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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