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July 16, 2014
11:45 EDTFOX, VIAB, DISCA, FOXA, VIA, SNI, CBS, AMCX, TWXMedia stocks rally after Time Warner rejects Fox bid
Media stocks are rallying after Time Warner (TWX) confirmed that it rejected an offer made by 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) to combine the media giants. WHAT'S NEW: Both Time Warner and 21st Century Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Twenty-First Century Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Twenty-First Century Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Time Warner advanced 16.5% to $82.70, while Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares are down 5% to $33.45. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other media stocks were trading higher after the news. Discovery Communications (DISCA) rose 6%, Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) gained 3%, AMC Networks (AMCX) added 3.2%, Viacom class B shares (VIAB) increased 4% and CBS (CBS) advanced 1.5%.
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March 18, 2015
06:16 EDTFOXA, FOXAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTCBS, TWXTime 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 EDTCBS, TWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTCBS, FOXA, TWXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:36 EDTFOXA, CBSApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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10:02 EDTSNIHigh option volume stocks
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08:49 EDTSNIScripps acquisition of Polish business difficult to understand, say Bernstein
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07:48 EDTSNIScripps to meet with BBC Trust over GBP500M offer for UKTV stake, Guardian says
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05:46 EDTTWX, FOXApple 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.
07:39 EDTVIA, CBSViacom shareholder meeting may question Viacom, CBS control, NY Post says
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06:04 EDTSNIScripps Networks to host conference call
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05:19 EDTSNIScripps Networks to acquire controlling interest in Polish TV operator TVN
Scripps Networks has entered into an agreement to acquire a 52.7% interest in Polandís premier multi-platform media company, TVN. The company has agreed to acquire the stake from ITI and Canal+ Group for an all-cash consideration of EUR 584M. Scripps Networks Interactive will also assume EUR 840M of debt. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals. Following completion, Scripps Networks Interactive will launch a mandatory public tender offer to further increase its ownership interest in TVN, as required under Polish law.
March 15, 2015
19:12 EDTFOXA, TWX, FOXDisney'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
17:11 EDTFOXSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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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 EDTFOX, FOXANielsen 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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07:27 EDTVIA Viacom cuts 40 staff at Paramount, Deadline says
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