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March 23, 2014
19:34 EDTT, NFLXAT&T responds to Netflix's Hastings, says 'there is no free lunch'
On Friday afternoon, Jim Cicconi, AT&T's (T) senior vice president for external and legislative affairs, responded to Netflix (NFLX) Chief Executive Reed Hastings blog post. On AT&T's Public Policy Blog Jim Cicconi said: "I saw Reed Hasting’s blog yesterday from Netflix asserting in rather dramatic fashion (with diagrams) that ISPs should build facilities (he said provide, but those facilities have to be built) to accept all of Netflix’s content – indeed all of the content on the Internet – without charge. Failure to do so, according to Mr. Hastings, was a violation of “strong net neutrality rules” and bad public policy. I thought it might be helpful to unpack those assertions so we could get right down to the core of Netflix’s rather radical proposition — that people who don’t subscribe to Netflix should nonetheless pay for Netflix. Here are some undisputed facts upon which everyone should agree...First, let’s all accept the fact that the advent of streaming video is driving bandwidth consumption by consumers to record levels. Increased bandwidth consumption and faster broadband networks like our Gigapower service in Austin, Texas (and soon Dallas) are requiring all service providers to drive more fiber into their networks to create the capacity necessary to deliver those services to consumers, whether the service providers are delivering a wireless or a wireline product...Second, we should accept that companies must build additional capacity to handle this traffic. If Netflix was delivering, for example, 10 Terabytes of data in 2012 and increased demand causes them to deliver 20 Terabytes of data in 2013, they will have to build, or hire someone to build, the capacity necessary to handle that increased volume of traffic...Third, if Netflix is delivering that increased volume of traffic to, say, AT&T, we should accept the fact that AT&T must be ready to build additional ports and transport capacity to accept the new volume of capacity as a consequence of Netflix’s good business fortune. And I think we can all accept the fact that business service costs are ultimately borne by consumers...As we all know, there is no free lunch, and there’s also no cost-free delivery of streaming movies. Someone has to pay that cost. Mr. Hastings’ arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix. That may be a nice deal if he can get it. But it’s not how the Internet, or telecommunication for that matter, has ever worked." Reference Link
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July 21, 2014
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTTAT&T awarded $275M contract U.S. Department of State
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July 18, 2014
05:57 EDTNFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
09:31 EDTNFLXNetflix, Disney announce multi-year pay TV window agreement in Canada
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09:06 EDTTAT&T and town of Carrboro sign agreement for 1 Gigabit network
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07:31 EDTNFLXNetflix Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says MKM Partners
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07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Netflix July weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, August is at 49, September is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 21.
July 16, 2014
15:17 EDTNFLXNetflix quietly ends Saturday DVD deliveries to lower costs, LAT says
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14:03 EDTT, NFLXNetflix submits FCC comments on proposed Net Neutrality rules
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13:05 EDTTVerizon, Comcast, AT&T viwed as 'logical' Time Warner bidders, Bloomberg says
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12:42 EDTTTime Warner said to see Verizon,Comcast, AT&T as logical bidders, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:43 EDTTSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTT, NFLXPublic speak out on FCC 'net-neutrality' plan, WSJ says
The Federal Communications Commission's has received more than 677K comments so far from the public on its proposed 'net-neutrality' rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and a random sampling of the input suggests that the agency will have work to do to sell the plan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies that provide broadband Internet service include Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Cablevision (CVC). Netflix (NFLX) sends a great deal of content over the Internet and strongly supports net neutrality. Reference Link
07:15 EDTTIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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11:17 EDTTDemand Media announces divestiture of Creativebug and CoveritLive
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10:34 EDTTAT&T joint venture acquires Creativebug from Demand Media for $10M
Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T (T) and The Chernin Group, has acquired Creativebug from Demand Media (DMD), the companies announced earlier. Creativebug offers do-it-yourself video workshops featuring instruction from artists and designers. Demand Media confirmed in a regulatory filing earlier that it completed the sale of substantially all of the assets relating to its Creativebug business for $10.0M in cash. AT&T and The Chernin Group announced the formation of the joint venture to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services previously on April 22.
09:31 EDTTAT&T, EPIX reach carriage agreement
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08:32 EDTTSynchronoss acquires Voxmobili for $26M in cash
Synchronoss (SNCR) announced its acquisition of Voxmobili, a wholly owned subsidiary of OnMobile Global. Voxmobili’s customers include AT&T (T), Airtel, Everything Everywhere, France Telecom, Orange (ORAN), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Vodafone (VOD). In consideration for the acquisition, Synchronoss paid approximately $26M in cash to OnMobile Global.
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