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March 22, 2013
07:28 EDTVZ, CVC, CMCSA, TWC, DIS, VIABPay TV providers have to keep paying, WSJ reports
Several major pay-TV providers have publicly protested programming costs that are rising faster than the companies can raise their own prices. But as long as their content is considered must-have, distributors have little choice but to pay what networks ask, reports the Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street." Maybe the only things change is if enough customers decide they simply can't afford to pay for TV anymore. Reference Link
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March 18, 2015
12:09 EDTCMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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10:26 EDTVZVerizon agrees to settle 911 outage probe for $3.4M
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09:23 EDTVZ, DIS, VIAB, CMCSAVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTDIS, CMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTTWC, CMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTCMCSA, DISAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
16:40 EDTCMCSACharter shareholders approve share issuance in transactions with Comcast
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13:06 EDTDIS, CMCSABattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTCMCSANBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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11:36 EDTCMCSA, DISApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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10:21 EDTCMCSAAtlanta Braves and Comcast announce technology and real estate partnership
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09:10 EDTDISDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
06:10 EDTVZSpherix announces Markman hearing held as scheduled in Verizon case
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05:46 EDTDISApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
15:24 EDTCVCCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
13:22 EDTTWCThe Children's Investment Fund reports 5.0% passive stake in Time Warner Cable
10:44 EDTDIS, CMCSANetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:07 EDTCVCHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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