Time Warner Cable Meets With Dodgers and 4 Media Titans Make Waves
AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL): As total revenues year over year have continued to be flat, operating income has seen a 401 percent rise from $8.6 million during Q3 of 2011 to $43.1 million during Q3 2012. Ad revenues increased as subscription and other revenues both dropped, and free cash flow saw a 27 percent rise from $56.4 million during Q3 2011, reaching $71.5 million during Q3 2012. Diluted EPS was $0.22 per share for Q3 2012 versus a loss of $0.02 per share in Q3 2011.
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has paid for the rights to be the sole U.S. provider of Disney flicks via its streaming service, beginning with Disney’s 2016 theatrical releases. For Disney’s direct-to-video offerings, or second rate videos, Netflix has intentions to to make them available to streaming customers as soon as 2013.
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Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC): After it negotiated exclusively with Fox Sports on a new TV deal intended to keep the team on its Prime Ticket network, the Dodgers took a meeting with Time Warner Cable, which hopes to obtain the team on its SportsNet and Deportes channels. This was first reported on Thursday night by Los Angeles Times Dodger beat writer Bill Shaikin, and Fox Sports continues to be seen as the most probable to get the team. Not only does the company have an existing relationship with the Dodgers, it has offered over $6 billion for a 25-year deal. Fox Sports’ current contract has risen at the end of next season, and it should cost nearly $40 million. This will be over twice as much in 2014 under the contract being discussed.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has stated that William “Billy” Becker was appointed as director of enterprise sales for the company’s Beltway region, serving Maryland, Southern Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and parts of West Virginia and North Carolina. Becker is to be over managing and monitoring sales to multisite regional businesses, state and local municipalities, and strategic and national enterprise accounts, a Comcast news release reveals.
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced a $2 billion share repurchase program and a $0.05/share special dividend on Thursday, this is to be payable on 12/28/12. At $0.05 per share, the cash dividend should total about $325 million, and in regards to the repurchase, the company did show its detailed plan, but a report from RBC Capital Markets thinks that “their intention is to utilize it in the next 12-24 months”. Also, CFO David Frear claimed at an investor conference this week “to the extent that we don’t have anything to buy” a stock repurchase and/or dividend payment could be “the best thing that I think we can do,” also saying that he’d “get back to you soon”.
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