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  • May. 15, 2013, 11:41 AM
    Senator Mark Warner calls the bluff of broadcasters (CMCSA, CBS, DIS, NWS, NWSA) threatening they will pull their major networks off the air to cable if Aereo isn't stopped in courtroom battles by noting FCC broadcast licenses could be pulled in that scenario. With Aereo growing around like the country like a weed, and the proposed Television Consumer Freedom Act including a ban on networks converting to cable, the headaches of the industry have become a little more pronounced. Don't expect CBS head honcho Les Moonves to stay quiet on the latest development.
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  • May. 14, 2013, 7:52 AM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) enters a partnership with Twitter that will see the Fox channel use the social network to advertise shows and distribute exclusive clips. The big picture: Gone are the days when media companies threw speculative dollars into Twitter just to see what would happen as the monetization of conversations on TV shows becomes more refined. ESPN, CBS, and NBC all plan to sell ads within Twitter-embedded videos - instead of just using Twitter as a linking source.
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  • May. 13, 2013, 7:30 AM
    Broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC will settle for the lowest round of average rate hikes in three years during the "upfront" selling season, according to industry watchers. Though the expected increase in ad rates of 6% sounds fairly lush, annual rate increases were in the double digits only two years ago before the impact of streaming alternatives and a step up in cable programming was fully felt. Upfront ad rate forecast: CBS +6.5%, ABC (DIS) +6%, Fox (NWS, NWSA) + 5.5%, NBC (CMCSA) +5%.
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  • May. 9, 2013, 9:03 AM
    Shares of News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) move up 3.6% premarket after the company sees strong revenue gains from television affiliates and cable channels lift its bottom line for FQ3. The broad organic growth from the media giant caught most analysts by surprise.
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  • May. 8, 2013, 4:17 PM
    News Corp (NWSA): Q1 EPS of $0.36 beats by $0.01. Revenue of $9.54B. Shares +2.2% AH. (PR)
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  • May. 8, 2013, 12:10 AM
    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: AHT, ALJ, ATLS, ATVI, AVNR, CF, CLNE, CLR, CTL, CTRP, CUZ, CXW, DEPO, DK, ERII, ETE, ETP, GMCR, GRPN, GSS, HALO, HEK, HNSN, JOE, LPSN, MBLX, MDR, MED, MIDD, MM, MNST, MNTX, MWE, NWSA, OSUR, PPO, PVA, QTM, RAX, RGP, RIG, RST, SGMO, SPRD, SSRI, STEC, SXL, SZYM, TCAP, TSLA, WR, XTEX
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  • May. 7, 2013, 9:19 PM
    Marissa Mayer (YHOO) held a preliminary talk with Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWS) execs about a bid for the video site, "numerous sources" tell Kara Swisher. Amazon (AMZN), Guggenheim Partners, and ex-News Corp. COO Peter Chermin (previous) are also said to be weighing bids. Yahoo was one of the companies offering to buy Hulu back in 2011, and with the French government having thwarted its Dailymotion bid, Hulu and its 4M+ premium subs might not be a bad backup plan. But much likely depends on the content rights Hulu's risk-averse old media owners are willing to give.
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  • May. 7, 2013, 5:35 PM
    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: AHT, ALJ, ATLS, ATVI, AVNR, CF, CLNE, CLR, CTL, CTRP, CUZ, CXW, DEPO, DK, ERII, ETE, ETP, GMCR, GRPN, GSS, HALO, HEK, HNSN, JOE, LPSN, MBLX, MDR, MED, MIDD, MM, MNST, MNTX, MWE, NWSA, OSUR, PPO, PVA, QTM, RAX, RGP, RIG, RST, SGMO, SPRD, SSRI, STEC, SXL, SZYM, TCAP, TSLA, WR, XTEX
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  • May. 3, 2013, 10:49 AM
    The major broadcast networks aren't giving up the summer months to cable rivals (and Netflix?) this year and plan to keep a fresh slate of programming in front of viewers. Leading the charge is CBS (CBS +0.8%) with the Stephen King-inspired Under the Dome scheduled to debut in June. What to watch: With new programs come higher development and marketing costs. How much will Comcast (CMCSA +1.3%), News Corp (NWSA +1.3%), and Disney (DIS +0.7%) invest in the summer ventures of their broadcast TV properties and will it be enough?
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  • Apr. 30, 2013, 9:31 AM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) shareholders will vote on June 11 on whether or not to approve a plan to split the existing conglomerate into a publishing and entertainment company. Though he is an U.S. citizen, Rupert Murdoch has agreed not to vote on the proposal with his 39.4% stake in the company sitting in his back pocket. (SEC 14A).
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  • Apr. 29, 2013, 1:48 PM
    Barry Diller had some intriguing comments on upstart Aereo during a Bloomberg TV interview: 1) If the legal battles go Aereo's way, Diller sees a radical revolution where consumers have one wire into their house. Think cord-cutting on steroids - potentially good for Netflix (NFLX -0.1%) but clearly bad for broadcasters (CBS, CMCSA, DIS, AMCX). 2) Aereo could be profitable at 10M-20M subscribers. 3) What about media heavyweights such as News Corp (NWS, NWSA) threatening the nuclear option of going to cable? Diller thinks it's a grab for fees that won't play well for consumers. (video)
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  • Apr. 26, 2013, 8:50 AM
    News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Rupert Murdoch will make about 15% more in compensation after the company splits in two, according to a SEC filing (8-K). With the exec's new $28.3M salary all lined up, the next big thing to watch is how aggressive the new publishing company will be in bidding for newspaper properties from Tribune Co. and if the entertainment company can create new synergies.
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  • Apr. 24, 2013, 10:05 AM
    The buzz from Madison Avenue is that upfront pricing for TV ads will show their slowest gain since the economic downturn this year. Last year, broadcasters ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), NBC (CMCSA) and Fox (NWS, NWSA) were able to realize ad rate increases of 5% to 9% - but a ratings slump and the emergence of online video alternatives is taking a bigger bite from demand in 2013.
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  • Apr. 22, 2013, 8:59 AM
    News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) says it reached a $139M settlement with shareholders over the actions of the board of directors in relation to the much-publicized phone hacking scandal and acquisition of Shine Group.
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  • Apr. 18, 2013, 11:16 AM
    Rentrak reports cable subscribers spend 40% more time watching free VOD content than they did a year ago. The development has big implications on ad dollars with media companies (CBS, CMCSA, NWS, NWSA, DIS) battling with advertisers on how to count viewers.
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  • Apr. 17, 2013, 3:36 PM
    Aereo took out a full page ad in The New York Times to pitch its case to the public that its large media companies are ganging up on it. Fox (NWS, NWSA), NBC (CMCSA -2%), ABC (DIS -0.3%), and CBS (CBS -1.6%) are united in their stance that the startup's retransmission of content violates copyright law, but an initial court ruling has gone against them. (Previous: Broadcasters consider the nuclear option)
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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.