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March 3, 2014
07:22 EDTVIA, SNI, DISCAViacom, Discovery, Scripps all bidding for U.K.'s Channel 5, FT says
Viacom (VIA), Discovery Communications (DISCA) and Scripps Networks (SNI) all submitted first round bids for U.K. television broadcaster Channel 5, according to Financial Times, citing people familiar with the auction process. Channel 5 is seeking a sale price of about $1.2B, the report said, though the value of the first round bids was not reported. Reference Link
News For VIA;DISCA;SNI From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
07:22 EDTDISCADiscovery's bid for Ten Networks expected to be rejected, AFR reports
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January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTVIAGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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12:54 EDTDISCADiscovery to bid for rights to screen English Premier League, Bloomberg reports
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January 20, 2015
14:00 EDTVIAFCC 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.
07:25 EDTVIA, 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
07:20 EDTVIAViacom weakness overdone, says RBC Capital
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTVIACBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:56 EDTDISCADiscovery downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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06:21 EDTDISCADiscovery downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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January 15, 2015
15:09 EDTVIAViacom extends contract of CEO by two years, CNBC's Faber reports
Viacom (VIAB, VIA) has extended the contract for its CEO Philippe Dauman by two years through 2018, reported CNBC's David Faber on Twitter, citing sources. "He'll get more RSU's, maybe 1 reason he sold so much stock lately," Faber wrote. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTVIAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:28 EDTVIAViacom carriage deal with DISH goes until 2016, Faber says
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January 11, 2015
17:26 EDTDISCADiscovery could rise over 25%, Barron's says
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16:08 EDTVIARentrak says 21st Century Fox's Taken 3 wins weekend box office
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