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March 7, 2014
07:28 EDTTWX, FOXA, DWA'300' sequel seen topping 'Peabody & Sherman' in box office debuts, LAT says
"300: Rise of an Empire," which was co-financed and co-produced by Warner Bros. (TWX) and Legendary Pictures, is expected to gross about $45M in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada in its debut this weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times, citing people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which was produced by Dreamworks Animation (DWA) and is getting distribution from 20th Century Fox (FOXA), could gross about $30M, the report said. Reference Link
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March 20, 2015
06:36 EDTTWXWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTFOXAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTTWXCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
March 18, 2015
13:23 EDTTWXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. 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, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTFOXA, TWXSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTFOXA, DWAVerizon 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.
06:16 EDTFOXAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
15:56 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTTWX, FOXABattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:36 EDTFOXAApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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05:46 EDTTWXApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
15:24 EDTTWXCablevision 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.
10:44 EDTTWXNetflix 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.
March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTTWX, FOXADisney's 'Cinderella' takes top spot at domestic weekend box office with $70.1M
Rentrak (RENT) announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 15, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" took the top spot at the domestic weekend box office with $70.1M: Warner Bros' (TWX) "Run All Night" took the second spot at the box office with $11M; 20th Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took third with $6.2M; Warner Bros' "Focus" took the fourth spot at the box office with $5.8M and Sony's (SNE) "Chappie" took fifth place with $5.8M.
March 13, 2015
10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aramark (ARMK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Children's Place (PLCE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at WallachBeth... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Genesco (GCO) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... InspireMD (NSPR) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Integrated Silicon (ISSI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... InterXion (INXN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... JG Wentworth (JGW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Regional Management (RM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rudolph Technologies (RTEC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
07:53 EDTDWADreamWorks downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:07 EDTTWXMillenials not completely sold on the Apple Watch, Re/code says
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March 12, 2015
09:36 EDTFOXANielsen survey shows 36% Netflix household penetration
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08:17 EDTTWX'Cinderella' expects $60M in opening weekend, Variety says
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