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February 13, 2014
05:35 EDTSCOR, NLSN, CMCSANielsen faces intense competiton measuring online viewers, WSJ reports
To find out how U.S. viewers follow its winter Olympics coverage on TV as well as on tablets, smartphones and computers, NBC (CMCSA) hired comScore (SCOR), not Nielsen (NLSN), reports the Wall Street Journal. That move indicates the growing competition facing Nielsen as TV networks look for newer measures for viewing.Reference Link
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August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTNLSNDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTNLSNBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
06:10 EDTCMCSAWeather Channel said to hire banks to explore sale, Bloomberg reports
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August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTCMCSABig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson
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06:12 EDTNLSNStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
16:49 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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10:17 EDTCMCSADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTCMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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August 14, 2015
12:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online video platform called Watachable, Business Insider says
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11:24 EDTCMCSAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead weekend box office
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10:27 EDTSCORcomScore management to meet with Brean Capital
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on August 19 hosted by Brean Capital.
August 13, 2015
17:12 EDTCMCSAApple delays live TV service until 2016 as licensing talks drag, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is now targeting a 2016 launch date for its live TV streaming service, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the plans. Licensing discussions with network owners such as CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBC are progressing slowly, said the sources, adding that Apple is also lacking in computer network capacity. The tech giant is pursuing a $40 per month price point for the internet TV package, a goal which is encountering pushback from TV programmers, according to the sources. Reference Link
13:14 EDTCMCSANBC to keep Jimmy Fallon as 'Tonight Show' host through 2021, Variety reports
NBC has extended Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" contract through the fall of 2021, Variety reports, citing comments made at NBC's Television Critics Association press tour presentation. Reference Link
06:45 EDTCMCSAFCC proposes review of 'totality of circumstances test' for retransmission talks
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06:21 EDTCMCSAUniversal to pay for security at 'Straight Outta Compton' screenings, WSJ says
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