|Bid||43.41 x 1400|
|Ask||44.00 x 2900|
|Day's Range||43.02 - 43.81|
|52 Week Range||30.67 - 43.96|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.10|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||16.50|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.84 (1.93%)|
|1y Target Est||47.23|
This year, for the first time, the Business Times is introducing the Workplace Wellness Champion awards, honoring those who are working to advance the physical, mental and fiscal health of their employees and their families. Below, read about Loren Hudson, regional vice president of human resources, Comcast's Keystone Region: Loren Hudson is working hard to make sure that wellness permeates the culture at Comcast’s Keystone Region.
Take a look at the world's top 10 entertainment companies, spanning the movie, television, cable television, gaming, and streaming video sectors.
Major TV networks presented to advertisers this week at upfront presentations as they try to elbow out disruptors.
Streaming video is more popular than ever with 1 million people cutting their cable cord last quarter alone, Roku CEO Anthony Wood told CNBC's Jim Cramer Wednesday evening. "One of the things about Roku, we have succeeded by building a great user interface, making it super easy to use," he said. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA)'s Xfinity Flex streaming service, for example, was made available to internet customers for just $5 a month.
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"One of the things about Roku, we have succeeded by building a great user interface making it super easy to use," he says. "We can really help those companies build scale if they want to use some of the marketing techniques we have on our platform," he says. Roku ROKU has been dominating its own lane as of late, and CNBC's Jim Cramer said it's evident in the "spectacular" quarterly report the company put out last week.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday delayed plans to begin in June a comprehensive review of a valuable band of spectrum reserved for vehicles to communicate with one another. Pai on Tuesday had called for the FCC "to take a fresh look" at the largely unused 75 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band. This was reserved in 1999 for automakers to develop technology to allow vehicles to exchange data about their location, speed and direction to help avoid accidents, among other things.
The Latest from Disney, Google, Facebook, and SpotifyDisney and Comcast’s NBCUniversal have penned a deal over HuluMedia giant Walt Disney (DIS) is getting full control over video streaming service Hulu in a deal with Comcast (CMCSA), which allows
Companies only interested in sponsoring Los Angeles 2028 or buying Olympic ad time from NBCUniversal — but not both — will find themselves at the back of the line as sales get started this year. In separate interviews over the past week, LA 2028 Chief Revenue Officer Kathy Carter and Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports executive vice president of ad sales, provided new details about the LA28 offering and how their sales collaboration will work. Also, the combined offering will focus on the most expensive “founding partner” tier.
Comcast's deal with Disney is akin to a "balancing act" as the company is exploring the high-margin licensing revenue with Hulu with the future revenue potential of its own NBCU app, Guggenheim's Mike McCormack wrote in a research report. Comcast wants to retain flexibility as the deal with Disney extends Hulu's license of NBCU content through 2024.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced Tuesday that they had reached an agreement on Comcast's 33% interest in Hulu, the Los Angeles-based streaming service that sees Disney take operational control of the business. Disney stock barely moved on the news.Source: Baron Valium via FlickrInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAs part of the deal, Disney and Comcast have entered into a put/call arrangement that allows Comcast to require Disney to buy out its stake at fair market value; Disney can also turn around and force Comcast to sell its stake at fair market value.The only problem? The put/call agreement doesn't kick in until January 2024. In addition to the terms, Comcast has extended the Hulu license for NBCUniversal content, the Hulu Live carriage agreement for NBCUniversal channels also gets extended to late 2024, and Comcast will distribute Hulu on its Xfinity X1 platform. So Disney and Comcast Shareholders WaitWhile the agreement allows Disney to take Hulu beyond U.S. borders to other countries, Comcast isn't obliged to put any money into the plan. * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market "Comcast will have the option to fund its proportionate share of Hulu's future capital requirements, but the conglomerate isn't required to do so. Hulu has been investing more -- and losing more -- over the last few years. For 2018, Hulu lost around $1.5 billion, up from $920 million a year earlier, as calculated based on the proportionate loss reported by Comcast. According to Disney, Hulu's capital funding calls to its two remaining parents will be capped at $1.5 billion per year (and if it requires more than that, Hulu will fund that via non-diluting debt)," Variety reported. "If Comcast chooses to not continue funding Hulu going forward, its share will be diluted. Regardless of that decision, Disney has agreed that Comcast's ownership interest in Hulu will never fall below 21%; in other words, Disney has guaranteed it will pay Comcast at least $5.8 billion to buy out the Comcast/NBCU stake."Given Disney has guaranteed Hulu's equity value will be based on $27.5 billion in 2024, should Comcast continue to fund its one-third share of any equity calls, it would receive at least $9.2 billion for its stake. In addition, Hulu can only seek a maximum of $1.5 billion annually between now and then from the two partners. This means that Comcast's future equity contribution would be $3.75 billion should it choose to play along. Owning 100% of Hulu makes complete sense for Disney because it gives the entertainment company total control over programming, cross-promotion of its other brands, etc. "We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company's brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers," Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.Comcast is losing a boatload on Hulu. While its participation provides NBCUniversal with another vehicle for its valuable home-grown content, I have to wonder if the losses are worth it.In April, Hulu bought back AT&T's (NYSE:T) 10% stake for $1.4 billion, putting a theoretical value for the entire Hulu business at $15 billion. If I'm a Comcast shareholder, I'm thinking a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Disney Should Pull the Trigger EarlierAccording to the agreement, NBCUniversal can end its content licensing deals with Hulu in three years. Also, NBCUniversal can run some of the content Hulu gets exclusively in one year on its OTT service in return for a reduced licensing fee from Hulu. So, while the agreement suggests nothing will happen regarding the sale of Comcast's 33% stake for four-and-a-half years, the fact NBCUniversal can break the Hulu exclusivity in a year indicates both parties recognize that a deal could happen well before the 2024 put/call agreement takes effect. If I'm Disney, I would beg, borrow and steal to buy out Comcast now and not in 4.5 years because it will continue to be a sore point between the two parties. Assuming both the current estimated valuation of $15 billion and the put/call amount of $27.5 billion, Disney should offer $9.2 billion now and reap 100% of the rewards later. As for Comcast, it has no idea what it might receive down the road. One thing's for sure, it's going to get very messy if Hulu pulls its exclusivity on NBCUniversal content. Better to go out on speaking terms. Disney Should Wait?On the other side of the fence, the reasons for waiting are two-fold.First, content is king. Having NBCUniversal's content for the next 4.5 years will help keep Hulu subscribers happy. Surveys suggest that Americans are willing to subscribe to as many as three streaming services. Let's assume that Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) are the three choices of most households. If Disney dumps NBCUniversal, it could find Hulu on the outside looking in. The other reason for waiting has to do with Disney+. Estimates suggest the new streaming service will have 30 million U.S. subscribers and 60 million subscribers outside the U.S. by September 2024, the end of Disney's fiscal year. If Disney makes a move before Disney+ gains traction, it could end up with two losers instead of two winners. It's better to maintain the status quo until the writing is on the wall for Disney+, good or bad. The Bottom Line on Disney StockDisney is going into a period of serious investment, spending billions on expansions at its parks, on blockbuster films, and content for its two streaming services. As a result, the quarterly reports are going to get lumpier in terms of profits and losses, which means Disney stock will likely get a lot more volatile. That's a good thing. Long-term, I believe Disney remains one of the most attractive consumer discretionary stocks to own for the long term in America. At the time of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market * 5 Consumer Stocks Ready to Push Higher * 3 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Play on Gold Stocks Compare Brokers The post Comcastas Hulu Stake: Should Disney Buy It Out Before 2024? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong. And I was wrong about Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) stock.Source: Shutterstock When I wrote last October that it couldn't compete with the Cloud Czars in the long run, I was wrong. When I wrote more recently that it was not for the squeamish, I was wrong.While it remains true that Roku could easily be bought by whichever of the Cloud Czars finds itself trailing in the growing streaming market, or by such entertainment companies as Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) or Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), that merely adds to the investment case after it blew out estimates on first-quarter earnings.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsRoku lost $9.7 million, 9 cents per share, during the quarter, against a loss of $6.6 million, 7 cents per share, a year ago. But inside the numbers, there was a lot to cheer. Growth at RokuRoku sells a streaming stick and technology it can pre-install with TVs, and operates an ad-based streaming service on top of it. This means it has both sales and platform revenues, the latter being key to growth. During the first quarter, those ad revenues nearly doubled, going from $75 million in 2018 to $134 million. Ads now represent two-thirds of revenue, meaning Roku has a sustainable revenue base. * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market At the end of March, Roku had 29.1 million streaming accounts, up 40% from a year ago, but more important average revenue per user was up 27% from a year ago, to $19.06. The company sees this growth continuing, with revenue for the full year now estimated at over $1 billion.Roku has pitched itself as a TV operating system, sitting between Internet accounts and streaming customers. Unlike the Amazon.Com (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire Stick, Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Chromecast or Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV, it's completely neutral as to what else you buy.Consumers can go to a store and pick up the Roku stick for under $50, plug it into the HDMI plug of their flat-panel TV, go through a few menus to link it to their WiFi, then cancel their cable subscription and buy just the streaming services they want to use.This is called "cord cutting" although it really isn't, because you still have that ISP account. But 1.28 million U.S. households cut out cable in the first quarter. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) could have twice the audience of cable within five years. Roku will be happy to sell it to you. A Wild RideThis doesn't mean Roku won't remain volatile, but volatility can work both ways.In the wake of earnings May 8, Roku rose 28% in one day. The price is well above its September high. The market cap is now $9.4 billion, compared with $11.78 billion for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB), home of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.Roku is still affordable for CBS (NYSE:CBS), which has a market cap of $18.3 billion, or Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA), which is worth $21.8 billion. But a move by either of these companies, or the cable giants, is liable to set off a highly lucrative bidding war.With demand for an independent streaming solution proven, there's almost no way Roku can lose. The Bottom LineRoku streaming sticks are made in China and cost just a few dollars there. Roku also re-sells TVs with its technology pre-installed, and it's the number-one smart TV brand. Prices on this gear are bound to rise with tariffs. Trade wars also spark recession fears. This will also weigh on the stock in the near term.But peace is bound to break out in time. Even a rumor of trade peace will bring in buyers. So, let the panic settle, then get in on the gains.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN and AAPL. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market * 5 Consumer Stocks Ready to Push Higher * 3 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Play on Gold Stocks Compare Brokers The post Roku Is a Ray of Light in a Dark Time appeared first on InvestorPlace.
British broadband, phone and pay-TV firms must tell customers about their best deals to encourage them to switch away from uncompetitive contracts long after the initial offer period ends, British telecoms regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday. Ofcom said more than 20 million people had passed their initial contract period and many of them were now paying more than they needed to. It said customers who bundled their landline and broadband services together paid, on average, around 20% more when they are 'out of contract', rising to 26% for customers who also took a pay-TV service in their contracts.
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"We can really help those companies build scale if they want to use some of the marketing techniques we have on our platform," CEO Anthony Wood says.
Tony Scherrer, director of research at Smead Capital Management, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss which companies he thinks are clear winners in the ever-changing landscape of the media sector.