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    This is the Yahoo! Message Board about USA Networks Inc (Nasdaq: USAI), where you can discuss the future prospects of the company and share information about it with others. This board is not connected in any way with the company, and any messages are solely the opinion and responsibility of the poster.

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    • What do you think is going to happen with WWFE
      programming contract on USA? Seems like other broadcasters
      like Viacom are interested. I am long on WWFE. Any
      honest opinions would be appreciated. Thanks and good
      luck here.

    • board and I will let you know if golfboy189 is
      posting on your board, he is bogus. Come on over and look
      at the posts on the board and see for yourself. The
      rumors swirling around USAI/SATH are interesting for
      both sides.

      regards to


      PS: God Bless Derrick Thomas and his family.

    • The NYSE & Nasdaq are both up nicely today, and
      USAI is down a good amount. With all the positive news
      out on this company and with the upcoming stock split
      we should be up over $60.00 by now. Come on USAI get
      with it.

      • 1 Reply to bigpopper_45216
      • I've been holding this stock for several
        years...and yes I'm happy I have doubled my money.... so I'm
        not complaining but I'm VERY puzzled as to why this
        stock does not get recognized for it's true potential.
        As bigpopper say's, positive news, a split coming,
        Barry Diller is brilliant (that's my input) and the
        market is going up and USAI is going down... Go
        If someone can explain what's going on I would
        appreciate it. Thanks

    • add to the stable.

    • what gives??? Is everyone doing so well with this stock that no comments about anything
      are the norm??

    • No one understands yet what ECS means to USAI. When they do, watch out!! J.

    • Just reported on CNBC.. A MAJOR TV NETWORK is bring eyed for takeover

      Look up on CNBC

    • WOW!!!! Talk about an earnings surprise. Analysts
      were expecing a loss of .22 cents a share, but instead
      USAI only lost .05 cents per share in the quarter.
      With this great news, along with a 2 for 1 split just
      over 2 weeks away, USAI should be headed straight
      Lets keep our fingers crossed for a great year ahead
      with USAI.

    • Wednesday February 2, 7:44 pm Eastern Time
      Networks to report Q4 Thursday amid Seagram
      LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) - When Barry Diller,
      chief executive officer of media giant USA Networks
      Inc. (NasdaqNM:USAI - news), talks with reporters
      Thursday after the release of earnings, he will inevitably
      be asked about persistent rumors that Seagram Co.
      Ltd (Toronto:VO.TO - news) is looking to spin off its
      film studio to the home shopping and cable TV

      Neither Seagram or USA Networks would comment on the
      speculation, which has abounded for months but resurfaced with
      new rigor in various press reports this

      Sources close to Seagram said it was baseless. A source
      close to USA Networks cited no knowledge of such talks,
      but hedged by saying such a scenario could not be
      ruled out entirely.

      Many analysts and industry
      executives feel that such a transaction is logical, since
      Diller took control of Seagram's Universal Studios'
      television business two years ago.

      analysts expect more consolidation in the media business
      due the recent back-to-back blockbuster deals between
      Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - news) and America Online
      Inc. (NYSE:AOL - news) and music giant

      ``It's not that such a deal would be surprising. These
      two companies are already tied together,'' said
      Jessica Reif-Cohen, analyst for Merrill Lynch. ``Its
      still very speculative, but every media company is
      rethinking their strategy after the Warner/AOL deal,'' she

      Seagram's big wager on music with its purchase of PolyGram
      seemed to get validation on Wall Street with the Time
      Warner deals, and many industry insiders feel Seagram's
      Chief Executive Officer Edgar Bronfman has long wanted
      to focus his company entirely on music.

      Networks, with its mix of media assets, such as various
      broadcast and cable stations like the Home Shopping
      Network, and several electronic commerce businesses
      ventures, is a perfect fit for a company such as Seagram's
      troubled Universal Studios movie operation.

      a lot more probable that Seagram will be a seller
      than a buyer in any kind of a deal,'' said Larry
      Gerbrandt, senior analyst for Paul Kagan Associates. ``The
      Street quite frankly has more confidence in Diller's
      management approach and savvy and new media companies (like
      USA) seem to have a flexibility to cut deals and turn
      exiting assets into something bigger than the old line
      companies,'' he said.

      • 2 Replies to hokmirnishtkinechineck
      • include something involving SATH, if persistant
        rumors mean anything significant.

      • For the fourth quarter, analysts surveyed by
        First Call/Thomson Financial expect USA Networks to
        report a loss of 21 cents a share for the fourth
        quarter, vs. a profit of 4 cents a year ago.

        from the company's start-up businesses, which include
        Internet, broadcasting and new home shopping ventures,
        largely account for the net loss, according to

        Looking at earnings on a pro forma basis, core business
        earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
        amortization, or EBITDA, will increase 21.8 percent to $204.4
        million, while such losses from start-up businesses on a
        pro forma basis will increase to $52.5 million from
        $22.1 million.

        ``On a pro forma basis, we
        project that EBIDTA for the consolidated companies will
        grow at a slower rate rate of 4.3 percent to $151.9
        million as a result of increased losses from start-up
        companies,'' said Vinton Vickers, analyst with ING Barings

        Seagram's stock has soared from the low 40s in late
        December to around 60, fueling speculation that a deal is
        in the works. On Wednesday, Seagram's stock rose
        1-1/16 to 59-3/8 on the NYSE, while USA Networks rose
        1-61/64 to 51-57/64 on Nasdaq.

        Some analysts,
        however, called the speculation nonsense. Indeed, Seagram
        has benefited handsomely from the 45 percent stake it
        bought in USA Networks two years ago in a complex deal
        that gave Diller control of much of Seagram's
        television assets. Seagram's stake is worth nearly $8
        billion now.

        ``The primary reason for the rise in
        Seagram's stock price has been the Time Warner/EMI deal.
        There's no question that the merger validated Seagram's
        music merger and the potential digital downloading of
        music,'' said Paine Webber Inc.'s Chris

        Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday reported that
        Diller was said to be trying to persuade two of his
        biggest shareholders, media moguls Paul Allen and John
        Malone, to help him buy Seagram's movie and theme park

        The newspaper said Bronfman also may be considering
        other options, such selling the entire company, with
        its music, entertainment and spirits operations,
        outright to some media behemoth such as AT&T Corp. (NYSE:T
        - news), or Rupert Murdoch's film and media company
        News Corp. Ltd. (Australia:NCP.AX - news).


    • Could someone tell me when USAI is due to report earnings and what is the average analyst expectation of earnings per share?

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