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January 2, 2013
18:48 EDTTWX, CMCSA, NWSA, DTVAl Jazeera acquires Current TV, NY Times reports
Al Jazeera has completed a deal to acquire Current TV, and will create a new channel based in New York, according to a NY Times report that cites people with knowledge of the negotiations. Current TV is currently available in approximately 60M homes, the report said. Current TV was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and is owned by a group including Comcast (CMCSA) and DirecTV (DTV), according to the report. Reference Link
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April 9, 2014
07:28 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner go before lawmakers on merger plan, Reuters says
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07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast sees ample competition to permit deal, lawmakers cautious, WSJ says
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April 8, 2014
14:36 EDTCMCSA, DTVDirecTV confirms new agreement reached with Weather Channel
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14:22 EDTCMCSA, DTVWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
12:55 EDTCMCSAComcast, TWC filing reference development of Apple TV box, 9to5Mac says
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12:01 EDTCMCSAComcast says consumers would benefit from acquisition, The Hill says
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09:04 EDTCMCSA, NWSAAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
08:57 EDTCMCSASmall rivals to testify in Comcast, Time Warner hearing, Bloomberg says
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08:51 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed $1.4B financing by Time Inc
Time Warner Inc. and Time Inc. announced that, in connection with Time Warner Inc.’s previously announced intention to separate Time Inc. from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. plans to raise an aggregate $1.4B of debt through an offering of unsecured senior notes and by entering into a secured term loan facility. Time Warner Inc. will not be a guarantor or otherwise provide credit support for the notes or the term loan facility. Time Inc. intends to use the expected net proceeds from this financing to fund the acquisition of Time Inc.’s U.K. publishing business, which is currently owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Time Inc. intends to use the remaining expected net proceeds from this financing to pay a special cash dividend to Time Warner Inc.
07:52 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner execs go before critic at hearing, Reuters says
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable Internet businesses to be examined, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTTWXMajor movie studios file lawsuit against Megaupload, Engadget reports
The MPAA announced that major movie studios have filed a civil lawsuit against filesharing site megaupload two years after federal investigators shut down the website and filed criminal charges against its founder, reports Engadget. The lawsiut targets the site's Uploader Rewards program with the claim that the business model was "designed to encourage theft." Reference Link
April 7, 2014
09:07 EDTDTVDirecTV, Hilton announce new in-room strategic supplier agreement
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08:05 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO Go again suffers connection issues, Re/code says
Just a month after Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes promised his pay TV channel HBO Go would be improving its technology after the season finale of “True Detective” was plagued by outages, many users tuning in for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” received error messages, Re/code reports. Reference Link
April 2, 2014
13:03 EDTDTVDirecTV, WeatherNation sign multi-year deal
DirecTV announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with WeatherNation. WeatherNation offers a news and information service that is dedicated to weather reporting. The service is available on the DirecTV Everywhere platform for live-streaming.
10:32 EDTTWXTime Warner management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in Dallas on April 7 hosted by Guggenheim.
10:02 EDTCMCSAComcast awarded GSA schedule 70 contract for Business Ethernet
Comcast Business announced that it was awarded a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration, GSA, which enables the company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers. The initial Schedule 70 applies to Comcast Business Ethernet services. In the future, Comcast said it plans to expand the Schedule to also include its full voice product suite, as well as its Business Internet and Business TV offerings.
08:40 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable volatility low into review of Comcast buyout
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07:51 EDTCMCSASeveral communications companies could be bought, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that the following communications companies could become takeover targets: T-Mobile (TMUS), DirecTV (DTV), DISH (DISH), Level 3 (LVLT), tw telecom(TWTC), and Rackspace (RAX). The firm calls T-Mobile "a prime target," and thinks the company has several potential suitors and is best positioned to benefit from current trends. Oppenheimer expects the major surviving companies in the space to be Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and Sprint (S). It keeps Outperform ratings on T-Mobile, Rackspace, Comcast, and Verizon. It has Perform ratings on Level 3, tw telecom, and Sprint.
06:18 EDTCMCSAHulu, Comcast expected to strike deal for past NBCU shows, WSJ reports
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