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May 22, 2014
08:32 EDTT, CMCSA, DTVComcast a big winner in the AT&T and DirecTV deal, says UBS
UBS believes Comcast (CMCSA) is a big winner in AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV). The firm believes the deal will lower competitive intensity among U.S. payTV providers and that AT&T will pull back on Uverse to improve profitability and that DirecTV will be less effective over time given AT&T is less nimble. The analyst believes Comcast could enter the wireless market given AT&T's mobile video may be slow to develop and product bundling complements its near-national footprint.
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July 23, 2015
06:56 EDTTAmerica Movil downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded America Movil (AMX) to Underweight saying competition coming from AT&T (T) will drive Mexican margins lower. The firm cut its price target for shares to $17.50 from $20.50.
05:59 EDTCMCSAEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:16 EDTTFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
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15:02 EDTTOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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11:32 EDTTAT&T July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
AT&T July weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, August is at 17, September is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 23.
07:45 EDTCMCSAComcast July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 21, 2015
19:34 EDTT, DTVAT&T pleased with FCC order, sees closing DirecTV deal 'shortly' after approval
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18:54 EDTT, DTVAT&T announces Department of Justice completed review of acquisition of DirecTV
AT&T (T) released the following statement "We are pleased the Department of Justice has completed its review of our acquisition of DIRECTV (DTV). We look forward to gaining the approval of the Federal Communications Commission so we can quickly begin providing consumers with the benefits of this combination."
18:33 EDTDTV, TFCC chairman proposes to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions
In light of news reports concerning the proposed AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV) transaction, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler issued the following statement: "An order recommending that the AT&T-DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners... If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, 12.5M customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&Tís current fiber-to-the-premise deployment... and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve. In addition, the conditions will build on the 'Open Internet Order' already in effect... First, in order to prevent discrimination against online video competition, AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections. Second, in order to bring greater transparency to interconnection practices, the company will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance... We will require an independent officer to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions." Reference Link
18:24 EDTT, DTVFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, WSJ reports
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16:57 EDTDTV, TFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, DJ says
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July 19, 2015
15:43 EDTCMCSADisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $58M
For the weekend of July 19, Disney's (DIS) "Ant-Man" topped domestic box office charts at $58M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Minions" landed in second place with $50.2M, while Universal's "Trainwreck" came in third with $30.2M. Disney's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World" took fourth and fifth place at $11.7M and $11.4M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
July 17, 2015
06:13 EDTCMCSAHulu considering ad-free option, WSJ reports
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July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTTFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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10:45 EDTCMCSA, DTVNetflix price targets soar as Bernstein stays bearish
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10:04 EDTTU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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09:55 EDTCMCSA, DTVRovi trial loss immaterial to estimates, says Piper Jaffray
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05:56 EDTCMCSA, DTVNetflix ruling irrelevant to Rovi contract renewals, says B. Riley
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05:52 EDTCMCSA, DTVRuling in Netflix case a negative for Rovi, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says court filings released after yesterday's market close indicate Netflix (NFLX) was granted a motion of summary invalidating all five of the remaining Rovi (ROVI) patents that were being contested. Auty expects Rovi to sell off on the news as investors consider what the ruling may do to the company's upcoming contract renewals with Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV) and DISH (DISH). The "big 4" choosing to litigate against Rovi is "certainly a possibility," but the companies have bigger patent infringement exposures than an over-the-top vendor like Netflix, Auty writes in a research note. He keeps a Neutral rating on Rovi.
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