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Apple Making Progress On Plan To Kill The TV Business

Apple Making Progress On Plan To Kill The TV Business

Courtesy of Henry Blodget at The Business Insider

CBS and Disney are considering playing ball with Apple to offer online subscriptions to TV shows, the WSJ says.  

Such a deal would have significant ramifications for the cable and satellite TV businesses, which will eventually be disrupted by something along these lines:

The proposed service by the maker of iPhones and iPod music players could, in at least some scenarios, offer access to some TV shows from a selection of major U.S. television networks for a monthly fee, according to people familiar with the discussions. Apple is pushing to complete licensing deals and hopes to introduce the service in 2010, some of those people said. It is unclear whether any networks have signed on yet…

If Apple signs up enough networks to launch a viable service—still a very big if—it could ultimately alter the economics of the television business. The service could undermine the big bundles of channels that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies, including Comcast Corp. and DirecTV Inc., have traditionally sold in packages to subscribers.

There are lots of details inthe WSJ article, which was written by Sam Schechner and Yukari Iwatani Kane.  Some key points:

  • News Corp., Viacom Inc., Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and Discovery Communications Inc. appear to be opposed to or leaning away from signing on to Apple’s service.
  • CBS is considering offering programs from the CBS and CW networks…Disney is considering including programs from its ABC, Disney Channel and ABC Family networks.

  • In at least some versions of the proposal, Apple would pay media companies about $2 to $4 a month per subscriber for a broadcast network like CBS or ABC, and about $1 to $2 a month per subscriber for a basic-cable network.

These wholesale subscription prices are higher than the TV networks make from cable and satellite companies, which presumably makes Apple’s proposal tempting.  That said, if Apple is successful, IP delivery could end up killing the golden cable and satellite goose.  So the TV networks are understandably treading carefully.

The companies that have the least to lose are those that don’t make gobs of money selling bundles of good networks and bad networks for a bundled price--such as…
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Memo: Changes at CNBC Following Comcast Merger

Memo: Changes at CNBC Following Comcast Merger

—–Original Message—–
From: CNBC Corporate Communications [mailto: all]
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:32 AM
To: All
Subject: Exciting Synergy Opportunities With Comcast

Greetings Gang,

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard that our parent company’s flirtation with Comcast has moved past the necking phase and we’ve now agreed to go all the way.  I wanted to reassure all CNBC staffers and on-air personalities that whatever changes may come will be minor and will be made with the sole intention of wringing out cost savings and synergies.

Here are a few preliminary ideas we’ve received from Jeff Zucker as well as Brian Roberts and our new family at Comcast Cable Systems:

 - Air times for CNBC’s various programs and segments will no longer be exact.  Comcast will now give viewers a 2 to 4 hour window in which to expect a show to come on.

 - Some programs, such as Power Lunch, will have their broadcast studios relocated to Transmission Facility Room B in scenic Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Personnel will be transported to and from tapings weekdays via the Comcast corporate shuttle bus.

 - All employees, including on-air talent, will be required to complete the mandatory six week Comcast training program which includes a master course on coaxial cable maintenence and set top box repair.

 - Jim Cramer will be expressly prohibited from recommending or endorsing the following stocks during the Lightning Round:  Time Warner Cable, Dish Networks, DirecTV and Verizon.

Again, these are just some ideas that are being kicked around by our new corporate partner. Please keep all complaints and comments to yourselves for now.  They are valuing NBC as a whole at $37 billion, amazingly, so let’s not screw this up.

We appreciate your loyalty and hard work. 

Regards,

Mark Hoffman
President, CNBC
thehoffmeister@nbcuniversal.com

 

*clearly a parody, laugh a little before its too late


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Chinese Soldiers Deployed Onto Street Of Hong Kong To "Help Clean Up"

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Dozens of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were spotted on the streets of Hong Kong's Kowloon Tong neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, cleaning up bricks and roadblocks left behind by pro-democracy protestors, according to broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). 

Chinese People's Liberation Army (#PLA) soldiers in shorts and t-shirts...



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Cities and states take up the battle for an open internet

 

Cities and states take up the battle for an open internet

Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of David Elliot Berman, University of Pennsylvania and Victor Pickard, University of Pennsylvania

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are ...



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When Oil Collapses Below $40 What Happens? PART III

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This, the final section of this multi-part research article, will continue our exploration of the consequences that may result from our ADL predictive modeling system’s suggestion that Oil may continue to fall to levels below $40 over the next few months. 

In Part I and ...



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Biotech

Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

A vial of insulin. Prices for the drug, crucial for those with diabetes, have soared in recent years. Oleksandr Nagaiets/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Jeffrey Bennett, Vanderbilt University

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Insider Scoop

Glass House Group Appoints Graham Farrar As President

Courtesy of Benzinga

Glass House Group, a California-based cannabis and hemp company, earlier this week appointed Graham Farrar as president.

In his new role, Graham will oversee the company’s short and long-term business strategies, budgets and operations, and report up to Glass House Group CEO Kyle Kazan.

A long-time entrepreneur and an original team member of both Sonos (NASDAQ: SONO...



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Chart School

Dow Jones cycle update and are we there yet?

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Today the Dow and the SP500 are making new all time highs. However all long and strong bull markets end on a new all time high. Today no one knows how many new all time highs are to go, maybe 1 or 100+ more to go, who knows! So are we there yet?

readtheticker.com combine market tools from Richard Wyckoff, Jim Hurst and William Gann to understand and forecast price action. In concept terms (in order), demand and supply, market cycles, and time to price analysis. 

Cycle are excellent to understand the wider picture, after all markets do not move in a straight line and bear markets do follow bull markets. 



CHART 1: The Dow Jones Industrial average with the 900 period cycle.

A) Red Cycle:...

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Digital Currencies

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

 

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

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As part of Coindesk’s popup podcast series centered around today’s Invest conference, I answered a few questions for Nolan Bauerly about Bitcoin from a wealth management perspective. I decided in December of 2017 that investing directly into crypto currencies was unnecessary and not a good use of a portfolio’s allocation slots. I remain in this posture today but I am openminded about how this may change in the future.

You can listen to this short exchange below:

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Silver Testing This Support For The First Time In 8-Years!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Its been a good while since Silver bulls could say that it is testing support. Well, this week that can be said! Will this support test hold? Silver Bulls sure hope so!

This chart looks at Silver Futures over the past 10-years. Silver has spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of the pink shaded falling channel, as it has created lower highs and lower lows.

Silver broke above the top of this falling channel around 90-days ago at (1). It quickly rallied over 15%, before creating a large bearish reversal pattern, around 5-weeks after the bre...



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Lee's Free Thinking

Today's Fed POMO TOMO FOMC Alphabet Soup Unspin

Courtesy of Lee Adler

But make no mistake, if the Fed wants money rates to stay down by another quarter, it will need to imagineer even more money.

That’s on top of the $281 billion it has already imagineered into existence since addressing its “one-off” repo market emergency on September 17. This came via  “Temporary” Repo Man Operations money, and $70.6 billion in Permanent Open Market Operations (POMO) money.

By my calculations that averages out to $7.4 billion per business day. That works out to a monthly pace of $155 billion or so.

If they keep this up, it will be more than enough to absorb every penny of new Treasury supply. That supply had caused the system to run out of money in mid September.  This flood of paper had been inundati...



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Mapping The Market

How IPOs Are Priced

Via Jean Luc 

Funny but probably true:

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Members' Corner

Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...



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