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Nov. 20, 2013, 10:50 AM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC -0.4%) says it would be open to conversations with Netflix (NFLX +1.6%) about integrating its service directly onto the menus of TWC's set-top boxes.
- The comments came from CEO Artie Minson during an industry conference (previous on CHTR).
- A flirtatious relationship exists between Pay-TV players and Netflix, but none of the majors have made the final leap yet.
- Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference webcast
Nov. 20, 2013, 7:12 AM| Nov. 20, 2013, 7:12 AM
Nov. 18, 2013, 12:08 PM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC +0.6%) signs a deal with Discovery Communications (DISCA +0.6%) to license content through the TV Everywhere initiative.
- The deal is another step forward for TV Everywhere, although it's unclear at the moment if TWC subscribers will watch Discovery-owned shows via the cable operator's TV app or through Discovery's own website and mobile app.
Nov. 13, 2013, 7:41 AM
- Research firm MoffettNathanson estimates the pay-TV industry lost 0.2% of its subscriber count in Q3 Y/Y.
- The drop which is partially attributable to the impact of more streaming options for consumers marks the worst 12-month loss of subscribers in the pay TV industry's history.
- In this quarter's batch of earnings conference calls from industry heavyweights, execs showed a great deal of surprise at how resistant the sub-thirty year old crowd is to adding television services on top of broadband.
- Related stocks: DISH, DTV, CHTR, TWC, CVC, CMCSA
- Related earnings call transcripts: VZ, DISH, CHTR
Nov. 7, 2013, 2:01 PM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC -1.1%) and A+E Networks renew a content deal to see programming from the company's stable of networks (A&E, History, Bio, Lifetime) stay available for TWC subscribers.
- Recent deals between broadcasters and programmers have been more about more than just fees. In that vein, the agreement with TWC also covers VOD and out-of-home platforms for A+E content.
- A+Networks is owned 50-50 by Disney and Hearst Corporation.
Nov. 1, 2013, 3:19 PM
Oct. 31, 2013, 8:29 AM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC) reports it lost 304K video customers in Q3 after analysts expected a drop of around 182K.
- The quarter included a high-profile blackout of CBS from key TWC markets which undoubtedly played a factor.
- What to watch: The company's painful loss of subscribers adds a big wildcard to future negotiations between broadcasters and cable/satellite players.
- Related stocks: TWX, CMCSA, FOXA, CHTR, DISH, DTV, VIAB, AMCX, CVC, DIS.
Oct. 31, 2013, 7:01 AM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC) saw a gain in business services revenue help lift total revenue Y/Y, while a drop in diluted EPS was realized due to last year's AWS Spectrum and Clearwite gains.
- Segment revenue: High-speed data +14.2% to $1.46B; Video -4.5% to $2.6B; Other (regional sports distribution) -6% to $498M. (PR)
Oct. 31, 2013, 6:03 AM
- Time Warner Cable (TWC): Q3 EPS of $1.69 beats by $0.03.
- Revenue of $5.51B (+2.9% Y/Y) misses by $0.03B. (PR)
Oct. 29, 2013, 1:23 PM
Oct. 25, 2013, 6:40 PM
- Sources tell Bloomberg Time Warner Cable (TWC), DirecTV (DTV), and Charter (CHTR), each of whom have had retransmission fee squabbles with major broadcasters, are thinking of launching Aereo-like services that give consumers access to HD broadcast feeds picked up by over-the-air antennas.
- A source adds Time Warner Cable has also considered buying Aereo, which is partly owned by InterActiveCorp (IACI)
- If pay-TV providers decide to follow Aereo's lead, they could face challenges in scaling their services - a provider such as Time Warner Cable might need hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of antennas to meet primetime demand for broadcast channels - and guaranteeing service quality.
- But with SNL Kagan predicting U.S. retransmission fees will rise to $6.1B in 2018 from $3B in 2013, pay-TV providers have plenty of incentive to explore their options, or at least create a bargaining chip.
- Bloomberg's report comes as broadcasters petition the Supreme Court to shut down Aereo, after the service scored a legal win in a Massachusetts district court.
Oct. 24, 2013, 10:01 AM
- Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) declares $0.65/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
- Forward yield 2.20%
- Payable Dec. 16; for shareholders of record Nov. 29; ex-div Nov. 26.
Oct. 24, 2013, 8:22 AM| Oct. 24, 2013, 8:22 AM
Oct. 17, 2013, 10:42 AM
- Canada is ahead of the game in pushing for an a la carte TV pricing model, according to Rogers Communications' Ken Engelhart.
- The exec thinks the whole system is subject to being lost to the Internet and Netflix if consumers aren't giving the option to only pay for what they watch.
- The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will review the nation's broadcast system this fall - while in the U.S. the Pay-TV (CHTR, CVC, CMCSA, TWC, DISH, DTV) industry has been successful in keeping Congress at bay on the issue.
Oct. 14, 2013, 2:37 PM
- Canada will force Pay-TV providers to offer a la carte packages to consumers with new legislation, according to Industry Minister James Moore
- A few companies in the nation already offer their customers the ability to pick and choose the networks that they pay for.
- A bill in the U.S. on the issue sponsored by Senator John McCain ruffled a few feathers, but hasn't progressed very far.
- For the most part, the Pay-TV industry has held its model together, although the launch of a widely popular Internet TV service by a tech giant could be the game-changer if Congress stays idle.
- Related stocks: DTV, DISH, CVC, CHTR, TWC.
Oct. 14, 2013, 3:45 AM
- Netflix (NFLX) is reportedly in talks with Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Suddenlink Communications and other cable TV providers to make its service available to their customers via an app on their set-top boxes. However, one snag is that Netflix wants its potential partners to use its technology.
- Talks are most advanced with regional operators and smaller providers that use TiVo's (TIVO) devices. Any deals would add to two that Netflix has in Europe.
- The negotiations indicate how telecom / cable TV providers could use Netflix as a way to draw in and keep subscribers rather than just viewing the company as a threat.
Time Warner Cable Inc provides video, high-speed data and voice services. The Company also offers security and home management services, networking and transport services and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services.
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