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April 8, 2014
14:36 EDTDTV, CMCSADirecTV 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 Channel’s 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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October 21, 2014
13:09 EDTDTVEarnings Preview: AT&T to benefit from strong iPhone 6 demand, Wells Fargo says
AT&T (T) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $33.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 59c-66c on revenue of $31.77B-$34.34B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported second quarter EPS of 62c against estimates for 63c on revenue of $32.6B against estimates for $33.22B. On its Q2 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 EPS growth at the low end of a mid-single digit range, compared to consensus of $2.62. It sees: FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, versus consensus $133.93B; FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range; FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range. In Q2, AT&T reported the following: total branded smartphone net adds, both postpaid and prepaid, of 576,000; total branded tablet net adds of 250,000; 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds; postpaid churn of 0.86%. On September 25, DirecTV (DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q3 earnings report. On September 15, Wells Fargo said AT&T should particularly benefit from strong Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 demand. After Apple reported that over 4M iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of eligibility, Wells Fargo said that it believed strong demand for the phones will be positive for all of the wireless carriers, but particularly for AT&T because of its strategic decision to focus on its early upgrade "Next!" program. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on AT&T. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have fallen approximately 4% since the company's Q2 report, but they did manage to make a 52-week high of $37.48 in late July. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, AT&T’s shares are up 0.5%.
October 17, 2014
10:51 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:29 EDTCMCSAComcast it top large cap pick into the print, says Goldman
Goldman said Comcast is its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. Shares are Buy rated with a $64 price target.
08:00 EDTCMCSAHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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October 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCMCSAOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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October 13, 2014
06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTCMCSANielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
07:04 EDTCMCSAAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
11:00 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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10:59 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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08:18 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable to host special shareholder meeting
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October 8, 2014
11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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11:03 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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10:46 EDTDTVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:13 EDTCMCSAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
October 7, 2014
10:43 EDTDTVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:04 EDTDTVFox Sports Radio, DirecTV announce partnership to launch Rich Eisen Show
FOX Sports Radio (FOXA) and DIRECTV (DTV) announced a partnership to launch The Rich Eisen Show into national radio syndication. Eisen will debut as part of FOX Sports Radio’s national weekday lineup in the noon to 3 p.m. ET timeslot, beginning November 3. FOX Sports Radio/Premiere Networks will also provide exclusive radio ad sales representation for The Rich Eisen Show.

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