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February 1, 2013
05:53 EDTVOD, SFTBF, SSoftbank CEO says Sprint deal will initially be a drag on earnings, WSJ reports
The Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp. (SFTBF) said its planned $20.1B deal for 70% of Sprint Nextel (S), expected to close by mid-year, will be a drag on earnings in the coming fiscal year before contributing to profits two years later, reports the Wall Street Journal. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said that's because of depreciation costs tied to the closing of Nextel's old 2G network and Sprint's plans to accelerate capital spending to build out its infrastructure.Reference Link
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September 2, 2015
08:24 EDTVODBarclays to hold a forum
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September 1, 2015
13:34 EDTSSprint to invest nearly $150M in Chicago by end of 2016
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13:06 EDTSFTBFNetflix dives as Apple reportedly explores original programming
Shares of streaming video giant Netflix (NFLX) are underperforming a down market today after a Variety report that said Apple (AAPL) is exploring an entry into the original programming business. Amazon (AMZN) also said it expanded Prime Video downloads to the iOS and Android platforms. WHAT'S NEW: According to the Variety report, Apple recently held preliminary discussions with Hollywood executives to measure their interest in "spearheading" a move into entertainment content. Exclusive content has been an integral part of Netflix's success with programming such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Amazon and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, which recently launched a streaming-only version of its service, are also counting on exclusive content. According to Variety, the extent of Apple's ambitions vary, according to sources, with some saying the plan is to create long-form content and compete directly with Netflix while other sources say that Apple's efforts are more of a "flirtation." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Netflix announced this week that it will not renew its agreement with Epix, which allowed Netflix to stream movies released on the cable movie channel. Netflix noted that the Epix movies are widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix. The streaming video giant said in a blog post that it knows some subscribers will be disappointed by the end of Epix movies but added that its goal "is to provide great movies and TV series for all tastes, that are only available on Netflix." Also noteworthy was the announcement by Amazon today that it will now allow Prime members to download movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. The company noted that Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don't have an internet connection. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, BofA/Merrill analyst Nat Schindler raised his price target on Netflix shares to $133 from $121 following reports the company will officially launch in Japan on September 2 and recently raised prices in Europe. The analyst, which maintains his Buy rating on shares, also pointed out that Netflix is in an agreement with Softbank (SFTBF), a leader in Japan's telecom and internet space. The Softbank partnership will bolster subscriber growth through pre-installed Netflix apps on Softbank phones, automatic subscription payments through Softbank's payment system, and in-store signups and marketing. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Netflix are underperforming a weak market and are down 8.15% to $105.65, while Apple and Amazon are both down over 2%.
11:45 EDTVODVodafone upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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August 31, 2015
12:27 EDTVODAltice names Michel Combes as COO of the Group, Chairman of Numericable-SFR
Altice (ATCEY) announced the appointment of Michel Combes as both COO of the Group and as Chairman of the Board of Numericable-SFR. Michel Combes was CEO of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), CEO of Vodafone Europe (VOD), Chairman and CEO of TDF as well as CFO and Senior Executive VP of France Telecom.
August 28, 2015
05:59 EDTSSprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell service
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August 27, 2015
20:05 EDTSSprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell service, WSJ says
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11:25 EDTSSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
07:37 EDTVODLiberty Global CEO says no time frame for Vodafone discussions, Reuters says
There was no timeframe for discussions between Liberty Global (LBTYA) and Vodafone (VOD) on swapping assets, Reuters reports, citing Liberty Global's CEO. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
09:33 EDTSActive equity options trading on open
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05:21 EDTVODQualcomm agrees to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone, H3G
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August 25, 2015
06:06 EDTSStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; S GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Sprint (S) 77, Google (GOOG) 41 according to iVolatility.
August 24, 2015
08:51 EDTSFTBFNetflix confirms partnership with SoftBank ahead of Japan launch
SoftBank Corp (SFTBF) and Netflix (NFLX) confirmed that SoftBank, among Japanese telecommunications companies, will exclusively offer a fully integrated Netflix experience, including billing, when Netflix Japan launches on September 2. Under the agreement, SoftBank customers will be able to sign up for Netflix at SoftBank Shops, major electronics retailers, via the SoftBank website and via SoftBank call centers without filling out payment information, with Netflix's monthly fee added to their bill. In addition, SoftBank will begin pre-installing the Netflix app on its smartphones for sale after October 2015.
06:07 EDTSFTBFNetflix partners with SoftBank ahead of Japan launch, Japan Times reports
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