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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTGOOG, AMCX, DISCA, FOXA, GM, CMCSA, CBS, TWX, FB, PG, VIAB, DISCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
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January 20, 2015
14:00 EDTCMCSA, DISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
13:24 EDTTWXGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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07:37 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:35 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Time Warner to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares based on balanced risk/reward, and downside risk from affiliate fee growth and TV advertising. Price target lowered to $85 from $90.
07:25 EDTAMCX, FOXA, DISCAViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:29 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
06:06 EDTFOXADreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTFOXA, TWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
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