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May 9, 2014
08:17 EDTCMCSA, NLSNNielsen, NBC Universal team up and use Nielson mobile technology
NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast (CMCSA) participated in an exclusive pilot using soon-to-be-released Nielsen (NLSN) Online Campaign Ratings mobile measurement and Nielsenís proprietary Software Development Kit. Nielsen is making a mobile push this year, expanding to measure advertising and programs across platforms, both linear and dynamic ad models. The solution combines Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings reporting with TV ratings to deliver unduplicated and incremental reach, frequency and gross rating point measures by age and gender for TV and digital advertising. The pilot looked at five national ad campaigns that ran heavily across platforms. Mobile will be included in Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings in Q3 and in the C3 TV rating this fall.
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October 7, 2015
15:14 EDTCMCSAAmazon considering possible online service for live TV, Bloomberg says
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15:00 EDTCMCSAAmazon exploring potential online TV service, Bloomberg says
Amazon (AMZN) is said to have reached out to CBS (CBS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal about online TV, according to Bloomberg.
08:02 EDTCMCSACiti, NBC's TODAY announce multi-year sponsorship
Citi (C) and NBC's (CMCSA) TODAY announced the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, to provide year-round opportunities for millions of Citi customers, TODAY viewers and fans to enjoy live performances by their favorite artists. This new multi-year sponsorship brings together Citi's and TODAY's decades of experience in live entertainment working with thousands of chart-topping artists.
05:58 EDTCMCSAHulu renews, expands programming deal with Viacom, Deadline Hollywood says
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September 30, 2015
17:53 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal reaches advertising deal with YouTube, WSJ says
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13:39 EDTNLSNAnalysts, investors cheer Rentrak, comScore merger plan
Shares of both Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR) are driving higher in afternoon trading after the companies announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement following Tuesday's session close. The move could see the companies developing new, compelling products to track cross-platform media consumption amid changing viewership trends, according to executives and analysts. MERGER: Rentrak and comScore announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement that will see comScore shareholders owning approximately 66.5% of the combined company and Rentrak shareholders owning roughly 33.5%. comScore's current CEO, Serge Matta, will lead the combined company as Chief Executive, while Rentrak CEO Bill Livek will transition to executive vice chairman and president. The combined company expects total synergies of at least $20M in 2016 and at least $35M in 2017, with those figures "very, very heavily" weighted towards revenue, as noted by comScore CFO Mel Wesley. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: On a conference call discussing the merger agreement, comScore Chief Executive Matta remarked that the media industry is at an "inflection point" in terms of consumer behavior, which is trending towards cross-platform, cross-device, delayed media viewing. Rentrak Chief Bill Livek explained that the combined company will be capable of delivering cross-platform viewership and advertising metrics "that account for all of the ways in which content is consumed," something that the industry has been "pleading" for, according to Livek. ANALYST TAKE: William Blair analyst Timothy McHugh weighed in on the merger, saying that while both companies previously had some fledgling cross-platform initiatives, their combined capability is undoubtedly stronger. McHugh added that the industry "ultimately appears headed" towards cross-media consumption habits, to which the combined company should be better positioned to respond. On the other hand, Rentrak-comScore still cannot truly challenge Nielsen's (NLSN) TV metrics even as the company develops similar cross-platform capabilities, said McHugh, though he did acknowledge that the deal looks incrementally negative for Nielsen. Meanwhile, Needham analyst Laura Martin said the "compelling" deal still relies on the merged company's eventual cross-platform products, which must be seen as unknowns at this point. Martin downgraded Rentrak to Buy from Strong Buy and cut her price target to $60 from $85, noting that if the deal fails, she believes there are other potential purchasers for Rentrak. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Rentrak are up about 24% to roughly $54 in Wednesday afternoon trading, while comScore has risen about 12% to trade above $46 per share. Meanwhile, Nielsen has slipped about 2.5% to $44 per share.
13:33 EDTCMCSAFCC review of Charter-TWC deal likely to extend into 1Q16, CTFN says
The FCC's review of Charter Communications' (CHTR) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks will likely extend into the first quarter of 2016 and could take even longer, CTFN reports, citing an attorney who often deals with telecom issues before the FCC. "...It is virtually impossible for the FCC to complete its review and adopt an order approving the license transfer before 1Q16 and, in my opinion, even getting it done before April 1 is a stretch," Barbara Esbin, a partner at law firm Cinnamon Mueller, told CTFN in an email. Esbin also said that the merger "appears to have drawn none of the heavy flack that felled Comcast (CMCSA)-TWC," a proposal that was nixed by the FCC and DOJ earlier this year, the report says. California utility regulators are also preparing for their own review of the deal since it will particularly effect the southern half of the state, the report says. Reference Link
08:09 EDTNLSNMobee announces collaboration with Nielsen
07:14 EDTNLSNcomScore, Rentrak merger makes lot of strategic sense, says William Blair
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September 29, 2015
11:09 EDTCMCSAGoPro announces launch of channel on Comcast Watchable
GoPro (GPRO) announced it's bringing the GoPro Channel to Watchable, Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) new, cross-platform video service. GoPro's first Multichannel Video Programming Distributor agreement will deliver GoPro content to users on iOS,, and X1. Launching in beta, all Watchable content is free, the company stated.
11:05 EDTCMCSAComcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports
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September 28, 2015
06:08 EDTCMCSAComcast NBCUniversal to acquire 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan
Comcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) announced that it has agreed to purchase 51% ownership of Universal Studios Japan in a recapitalization transaction, partnering with the current owners including Goldman Sachs (GS), USJ's CEO Glenn Gumpel, Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners, and U.S. hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management. Comcast NBCUniversal's purchase price for the majority ownership of the theme park destination is Y183B, or $1.5B. "We are excited to expand our global footprint with this wonderful theme park in Osaka and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead in Japan and all of Asia," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast. "This investment represents a huge opportunity and commitment to creating value for our shareholders and continuing to grow internationally." Acquiring majority ownership of Universal Studios Japan continues Comcast NBCUniversal's ongoing investment strategy for it's U.S. parks in Orlando and Hollywood.
September 27, 2015
19:39 EDTCMCSA'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites down in record-setting debut
Animated children's film "Hotel Transylvania 2" set a domestic record for September while "Maze Runner" and "Black Mass" dropped in their second weekends at the box office. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) computer animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania 2" grossed $47.5M during its domestic open for the weekend of September 27, beating expectations for $35M-$40M and setting a new record for September box office debuts. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and others returned to provide voice acting for the monster-themed movie, which saw the biggest open yet for Sony Pictures Animation. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: With Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway in leading roles, Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "The Intern" opened at $18.2M against estimates sales of $15M-$20M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" came in third with $14M after grossing $30.3M domestically during last weekend's debut. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest" jumped to $13.1M after significantly expanding its screen count, while Warner Bros.' "Black Mass" rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $11.5M.
September 25, 2015
13:17 EDTCMCSAFly Watch: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' expected to top weekend box office
Sony's (SNE) animated sequel "'Hotel Transylvania 2," which is opening in 3,600 theaters, is expected to win this weekend's box office with a domestic gross of $35M-$40M. The next bunch of films are all expecting similar grosses in the mid-to-high teens. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' comedy "The Intern," starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, is estimated to open in the $15M-$20M range in 3,305 theaters. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest," which opened last weekend on IMAX (IMAX), is expanding to over 3,000 theaters this weekend and is estimated to gross in the range of $15M-$17M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," which grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20, is expected to earn an estimated $16M in its second weekend of release. Warner Bros.' Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," which took in $23.4M in its domestic opening last weekend, is expected to gross $12.5M-$13M this weekend. Additionally, Lions Gate's (LGF) drug cartel drama "Sicario" is playing in about 50 theaters ahead of the film's wide release on October 2.
10:48 EDTCMCSAMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
September 24, 2015
20:04 EDTCMCSAFacebook virtual reality initiative picks up speed with $99 Samsung device
Thursday's Oculus Connect 2 event saw numerous announcements from Facebook (FB) virtual reality subsidiary Oculus VR, including content deals with major media players as well as a $99 VR headset developed in conjunction with Samsung (SSNLF). CONTENT OFFERINGS: The virtual reality firm will be partnering with Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Lionsgate (LGF) to bring more than 100 films to the Oculus Store at launch. Additionally, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon's (AMZN), TiVo (TIVO), and Hulu -- the joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox, and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBCUniversal -- will be launching apps for the company's virtual reality products, bringing web TV and streaming content to early adopters of the new technology. MAINSTREAM DEVICE: Samsung joined with Oculus to reveal a new $99 "Gear VR" headset on Thursday. Standing in contrast to Oculus' own pricier devices, the Samsung headset will rely on the company's Galaxy line of smartphones to power its virtual reality experiences. Note that a major point of contention regarding the "blockbuster" potential -- or lack thereof -- of VR technology is whether consumers will be willing to pay upwards of $399 for the Oculus gadgets. Samsung's Gear VR tends more towards what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has called "medium immersion" devices, potentially allaying investor concern over adoption rates with its more attractive point of entry. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares closed higher by 0.5% and continued to rise in after-hours trading, up another 0.2%.
13:44 EDTCMCSAOculus says bringing Netflix, Huly to GearVR, company says in tweet
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