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Nov 5, 2014

Time Warner profit beats estimates as subscription fees rise

By Abhirup Roy and Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Time Warner Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit on Wednesday, helped by higher subscription fees for channels offered by its Turner Broadcasting and HBO.

Revenue from Turner Broadcasting, the operator of channels such as CNN, TBS and TNT, rose 5 percent to $2.4 billion in the third quarter.

Nov 4, 2014

21st Century Fox to tread carefully with streaming video

By Jennifer Saba and Lehar Maan

(Reuters) – Twenty-First Century Fox Inc Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said the company is being “disciplined” about its options when considering streaming video offerings that bypass cable and satellite subscriptions.

“We believe the traditional bundle offers great value to consumers and will be the primary consumer package for years to come,” Carey said on Tuesday during an third quarter earnings call with analysts. He was referring to traditional cable packages that “bundle” together several channels for one price.

Nov 2, 2014

Dish far apart on contract as deadline nears: source

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – CBS Corp and Dish Network Corp are far apart on talks for a new distribution deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, setting up the possibility that the satellite provider’s subscribers could lose access to the most-watched U.S. TV network next month.

The current agreement, signed on January 5, 2012, is set to expire in late November, according to the person. The two sides continue to talk.

Oct 31, 2014

Ad tech firm Simulmedia ties TV spots to purchases

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Advertising company Simulmedia said it can now tie TV commercials to purchases by using data from set-top boxes to help marketers reach specific, more defined audiences.

“We are measuring the delivery of a TV spot against millions of people and, on an anonymous basis, what purchases occurred when they saw the ad,” said Dave Morgan, the founder and CEO of Simulmedia, who also started the online behavioral targeting firm Tacoda and ad serving network Real Media.

Oct 30, 2014

Thomson Reuters financial products sales improve

NEW YORK (Reuters) – News and information company Thomson Reuters Corp on Thursday said more clients of its Financial & Risk business added new products than canceled, the first time since 2008 that net sales were positive in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Net sales are an important metric for the division that serves the banking industry and one that Thomson Reuters has struggled to expand since Canada’s Thomson Corp acquired Reuters Group Plc in 2008.

Oct 23, 2014

Fewer customers drop Comcast cable subscriptions

NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp reported
higher quarterly revenue and income on Thursday as more people
signed up for its high-speed Internet service and fewer
customers dropped their cable subscriptions.

Total revenue at the largest U.S. cable operator, which owns
NBC Universal, rose to $16.79 billion in the third quarter, up 4
percent from the year-ago period. Analysts had been expecting
$16.81 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Oct 23, 2014

Comcast reports higher quarterly revenue, profit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comcast Corp reported on Thursday higher quarterly revenue and income as more people signed up for its high speed Internet service.

Total revenue at the largest U.S. cable operator, which owns NBC Universal, rose to $16.79 billion in the third quarter, up 4 percent from the year-ago period. Analysts had been expecting $16.81 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Oct 21, 2014

Nielsen, Adobe to measure online TV across multiple devices

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nielsen and Adobe Systems Inc announced an alliance on Tuesday that aims to measure the viewership of digital video across all Internet-connected platforms including TVs, smart phones and tablets as the television ecosystem undergoes dramatic change.

The move for Nielsen, which dominates traditional TV ratings and Adobe, which has troves of data on how people watch videos through the Internet, underscores how quickly the landscape is shifting.

Oct 16, 2014

HBO standalone product risks alienating cable, satellite cos

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) decision to make its prized HBO channel available to people who don’t subscribe to Pay TV may delight such “cord cutters” but will likely crank up tensions with cable and satellite TV service providers.

By going over-the-top – media lingo for being able to watch TV with only a broadband connection – HBO has paved the way for a rocky period of negotiations with cable and satellite companies – with issues of pricing and distribution likely to loom large.

Oct 15, 2014

Time Warner to launch HBO as streaming broadband service

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s HBO will launch a standalone online streaming service next year to make hit shows such as “Game of Thrones” available to people who do not subscribe to cable television.

The move to take HBO “over-the-top” – media jargon that means consumers can watch the channel with only a broadband connection – is a significant milestone for a channel long dependent on cable distributors.