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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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August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTTBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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09:33 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:01 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
11:14 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX VALE
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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August 17, 2015
12:23 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; Netflix J.C. Penney
Netflix (NFLX) January 150 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 48, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 40 according to IVolatility.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
16:51 EDTNFLXIcahn gives quarterly update on stakes, confirms liquidation of Netflix position
NEW STAKES: Gannett (GCI), and Cheniere Energy (LNG). INCREASED STAKES: Icahn Enterprises (IEP). DECREASED STAKES: None. LIQUIDATED STAKES: Netflix (NFLX).
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
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07:06 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $140 from $120 at Raymond James
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06:23 EDTNFLXNetflix to close final data center, WSJ reports
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August 13, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 13, 2015
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06:45 EDTTFCC proposes review of 'totality of circumstances test' for retransmission talks
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