Rob Black's Media Stock Report

by: Rob Black
Tom Online (NASDAQ:TOMO) is a Chinese leading popular Internet portal, Tom Online was spun off from Hong Kong-listed TOM Group in 2004 and listed on NASDAQ and Hong Kong’s second-board, GEM.

TOM Group is engaged in various media businesses, including print, outdoor advertising, television and sports marketing (but does not compete directly with Tom Online due to a nom-competition agreement). TOM Group is controlled by companies owned by Hong Kong entrepreneur Li Ka-Shing. Unlike smaller competitors, which have primarily relied on China Mobile to market and distribute their products, Tom Online has built or acquired companies that have relationships with traditional media outlets, including TV, radio and print media.

Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) and the NFL announce an agreement that will enable football fans around the world to watch live NFL games on the Internet. NFL Game Pass, powered by Yahoo! Sports, will allow football fans outside of North America to watch nearly every NFL game live and in its entirety beginning this Sunday. The new online subscription service will charge fans a fee of $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week NFL regular season.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) new service offers downloads of thousands of full-length feature films and TV shows. Amazon Unbox sells movies from most major Hollywood studios for prices typically ranging from $7.99 to $14.99. Older releases, like "The Matrix," generally cost less than newer releases, like "Inside Man." Customers can also rent movies, which they must start watching within 30 days after they download them with new releases at $3.99. New and old television shows from networks like Fox, CBS and MTV are available for $1.99 each.