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ANALYST: TIME WARNER WILL WIN BATTLE WITH CBS

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The CBS eye will go blind over Time Warner cable systems today (Monday) barring a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations between the television network and the cable system. While broadcasters have traditionally had the upper hand in dealing with cable providers over retransmission consent agreements, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said in a note to clients on […]

INTERNET TRANSFORMING TELEVISION

May 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV is rapidly undergoing a fundamental change from a shared experience to a more personal one as a consequence of the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield observed in a letter to clients on Tuesday. “While there may be still be several people gathered around the living room TV, each is likely […]

APPLE CEO APPEARS TO CONFIRM: AN APPLE TV SET IS COMING

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple chief Tim Cook has left little doubt that the company plans to introduce a cutting-edge television set in the near future. In an interview Thursday night on NBC’s Rock Center, Cook said, “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by […]

ANALYST: AEREO WILL PREVAIL

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield is predicting that a New York appeals court will uphold a district court decision denying a request by broadcasters for a preliminary injunction to halt Barry Diller’s Aereo service. In a note to clients posted today (Thursday) Greenfield writes that he attended the appeals court hearing on Friday and expressed his […]

TOP ANALYST PRAISES GOOGLE FIBER

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield has enthusiastically praised Google Fiber’s roll-out test in the two Kansas Cities, predicting that the super high-speed service will “accelerate rapidly, changing consumer habits.” In a message to clients, Greenfield wrote today (Wednesday) that the downside for the broadcast networks is that it will also result in splintering the traditional audience […]

SUPER BOWL’S AUDIENCE PUNY VERSUS GANGNAM’S

October 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While this year’s Super Bowl attracted 168 million viewers and set a record for the most-watched telecast in U.S. history, that figure pales in comparison with the 429 million views that PSY’s “Gangnam Style” video has counted, most within the last 6-7 weeks, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield noted today (Thursday). The key takeaway is that […]

NETFLIX SHARES PLUNGE

July 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shares of Netflix were down 25 percent on the Nasdaq near the close of trading today (Wednesday) following the company’s after-hours report on Tuesday that its net income for the second quarter was down 91 percent from the same quarter a year ago. The company said that it added 530,000 subscribers to its streaming service […]

NO END IN SIGHT FOR VIACOM-DIRECTV STAND-OFF

July 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Analysts are expressing surprise that the carriage dispute between Viacom and DirecTV has now gone into a second week with no sign of a settlement. “We never thought a cable network with the scale of Viacom would be off the air for even a week,” Evercore Partners analyst Bryan Kraft said in a note to […]

DIRECTV’S STRATEGY IN VIACOM DISPUTE SLAMMED

July 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

DirecTV may have blundered when it began telling subscribers on which websites they could find content from Viacom’s channels, after the channels went black on the satellite provider this week. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield noted on Wednesday that DirecTV had only succeeded in calling attention to the fact that, unlike its cable competitors, it cannot […]

NETFLIX RETURNING TO ITS DVD-BY-MAIL ROOTS?

July 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix, which has relegated its DVD/Blu-ray disc-by-mail service to an unloved-stepchild status and has focused on its streaming service, may be rethinking its approach, analysts have noted. The company apparently now feels threatened by the joint venture about to be launched between Redbox and Verizon that will combine Redbox’s kiosk operations with Verizon’s digital distribution. […]

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