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  • Jun. 18, 2012, 8:46 AM
    Summer of discontent? European box office totals for major movie studios are getting smacked around by the mind-blowing TV ratings of the European soccer championships. In Germany, the nation's last group stage game drew a stellar 74.2% share that left movie theaters all but empty as the leading movie of the pack - Men in Black 3 - only earned a paltry €1.3M ($1.6M) for the weekend. The soccer games run for another two weeks and later this summer the Olympics take center stage.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 1:10 PM
    This summer will see a crowded slate of animated movies with DreamWorks (DWA +0.8%) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Pixar's (DIS -0.1%) Brave, and Fox's (NWSA +0.9%) Ice Age: Continental Drift all debuting within five weeks of each other. Each film boasts strategic box office advantages, but analysts find it unlikely that all three will be smash hits as they can't help but cut into each other's target demographic.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 2:52 PM
    BSkyB (BSYBY.PK) and BT Group (BT -3.1%) win the rights to air English Premier League games domestically with a combined bid of £3B ($4.6B) - marking a 70% increase over the price on the current contract set to expire at the end of 2012. International rights will be awarded later this year, with both Disney's (DIS +0.2%) ESPN and News Corp's (NWS -0.5%) Fox in the mix.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 5:54 AM
    CBS (CBS) has reportedly attracted around $2.7B in upfront ad sales for the TV season that starts in September, similar to last year. The network leader enjoyed an ad rate increase of 8%-10% but sold less inventory. All the major networks are now believed to have mostly completed their upfront dealings, gaining CPM increases of 5.5%-9%.
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  • May 31, 2012, 2:07 PM
    Ridley Scott - who knows a thing a two about alien movies - may be about to deliver the summer box office sleeper for News Corp's (NWS +0.1%) 20th Century Fox with Prometheus after the movie opened surprisingly strong in Europe. Box office estimates for the moderate-budget movie now top $200M - powered by a strong undercurrent of publicity from bloggers and fanboys, along with a trailer (video) that resonates with the sci-fi crowd. Also in line to rake it in: IMAX
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  • May 31, 2012, 10:30 AM
    News Corp (NWS -0.7%) confirms that it will transform one its cable channels to national sports programming in a direct challenge to Disney's (DIS +0.1%) ESPN. COO David Haslingden says the underutilized Speed channel could see the transformation.
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  • May 31, 2012, 6:45 AM
    Broadcasting companies including News Corp (NWSA,NWS), Disney (DIS), CBS, and Comcast (CMCSA) go to court to stop an Internet TV startup from launching. In a copyright infringement lawsuit, the group alleges mobile TV provider Aereo of copying and retransmitting their programming over the Internet unlawfully.
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  • May 24, 2012, 11:40 PM
    In the next step after Dish Network's (DISH) pre-emptive legal strike, Fox (NWS), NBC (CMCSA) and CBS have now all sued the satellite provider over its commercial-skipping "AutoHop" technology, claiming copyright and licensing violations. Subtle questions over who controls the skipping could dictate whether Dish faces the fate of ReplayTV: being sued out of existence.
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  • May 22, 2012, 12:05 PM
    InterActiveCorp-backed (IACI +1.1%) Aereo succeeds in getting an unfair competition claim that was part of a lawsuit attempting to shut down its $12/month local TV streaming service dismissed. A ruling is still pending on a copyright infringement claim. Broadcasters such as CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox accuse Aereo of depriving them of retransmission fees from pay-TV providers (ed: the pay-TV providers aren't thrilled about paying for content that's aired for free).
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  • May 21, 2012, 11:58 AM
    Hulu continues to add to its arsenal of original content (previous). The latest additions include movie-review show Spoilers, travel series Up to Speed, and U.K.-based comedy Rev. Netflix (NFLX) has been investing in plenty of original content of its own.
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  • May 16, 2012, 7:05 AM
    Broadcasting and cable companies sift through the numbers after pitching their 2012-2013 schedules to advertising execs. CBS appears to be the leader in ad commitments with $2.78B set, while Disney's (DIS) ABC will land $2.35B and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is in line for $1.66B. News Corp's (NWSA,NWS) Fox - which is planning a big Saturday night sports programming block next year - has $2.03B in ads slated for next season.
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  • May 14, 2012, 9:58 AM
    Shares of Bona Film (BONA) jump up 7.7% after New Corp. (NWS, NWSA) discloses that it holds a 19.9% stake in the company. The investment will reduce CEO Dong Yu's stake in the firm to ~27%.
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  • May 10, 2012, 9:53 AM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) trades 3.2% higher after its FQ3 report showed that strong results for its cable TV division were able to overcome the headline-grabbing scandal in the U.K. The company says it will extend an existing stock buyback by $5B, with the goal for it to be completed by the end of FY13.
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  • May 9, 2012, 4:11 PM
    More from News Corp. (NWS) earnings: The company increases its buyback authorization to $10B from $5B. Double-digit revenue growth in Cable Network Programming (to $2.38B from $2.04B) and Filmed Entertainment (to $1.72B from $1.55B); Television slips to $1.21B from $1.44B with no Super Bowl revenue this year.
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  • May 9, 2012, 4:07 PM
    News Corp. (NWSA): FQ3 EPS of $0.37 beats by $0.06. Revenue of $8.4B (+2% Y/Y) beats by $160M. After hours, NWSA +3.2%, NWS +3.3%. (PR)
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  • May 9, 2012, 9:20 AM
    Gordon Gekko is coming to Latin America. Netflix (NFLX) announces a deal with 20th-Century Fox (NWS, NWSA) that gives it Latin streaming rights for 24, Prison Break, and four other TV shows, as well as a set of classic films that includes Wall Street. Netflix has lined up many Latin American content partners (I, II), but its Q1 international subscriber and profit forecasts disappointed investors.
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News Corp is a diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers and businesses.