Evercore analyst Bryan Kraft believes the prolonged blackout that has left DirecTV’s 20 million subscribers without MTV, Comedy Central or Nickelodeon for a week, could lead to some industry consolidation.
It’s been a heady few months for Netflix, the DVD by-mail company fast becoming a online video streaming service. Yesterday, its third quarter numbers again beat Wall Street expectations as it revealed it is now the third largest video subscription service behind Comcast and DirecTV with nearly 17 million subscribers. Wall Street analysts at UBS and Oppenheimer, already in love with the company, upgraded it on Thursday morning helping to push shares to a new record high of $174.40 before closing at $172.69. To think you could have bought the stock for $47.56 exactly one year ago.
Charlie Ergen is best known in media business circles as the straight talking homely founder of satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. He’s often been disarmingly honest on quarterly conference calls with Wall Street analysts by admitting that he had personally taken his eye off the ball when the company was losing customers a few years ago or putting his annual family vacation ahead of being present on the quarterly call.
A couple of years ago, if you had suggested TiVo and DirecTV would ever kiss and make up — after DirecTV dumped TiVo in favor of DVRs by NDS (then a cousin in the News Corp Family) — you might have said it was as likely as “90210″ coming back to TV.