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  • CBS shifts schedule to boost ratings for 'Extant' Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— "Extant" is getting a kick-start from CBS to try to improve its ratings less than a month into its run. Starting Wednesday, CBS is moving the drama starring Halle Berry back an hour, to 10 p.m. EDT, so that it follows "Criminal Minds." That was enough to make Nielsen's top 10 for the week, and CBS says "Extant" picks up significant time-shifted viewership.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 29- The long-anticipated merger of Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc is not expected to occur before September, with the companies continuing due diligence and preparing a detailed case for a deal before U.S. regulators, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • CenturyLink Inc shares were up 8 percent, AT&T Inc was up 3 percent and Verizon Communication Inc rose 2 percent. "Given the IRS approval, we expect other companies may explore the possibility of spinning off their Wireline assets into a similar structure," Jefferies& Co analysts said.

  • *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks rose Tuesday on news about a spinoff in the telecommunications sphere that sent most stocks in the sector soaring and on better-than-expected results from Pfizer and Merck.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 34 or. 6 percent, to $54.73. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 92 or 1.1 percent, to $87.15. Gannett rose$. 45 or 1.4 percent, to $33.66.

  • 'Lucy' smacks down 'Hercules' in box office bout Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    2. "Hercules," MGM/ Paramount, $29,800,263, 3,595 locations, $8,289 average, $29,800,263, 1 week. 6. "Sex Tape," Sony, $6,052,050, 3,062 locations, $1,977 average, $26,953,582, 2 weeks. 7. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Paramount, $4,702,553, 2,476 locations, $1,899 average, $236,455,028, 5 weeks.

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 07 or. 1 percent, to $54.46. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 40 or. 5 percent, to $86.63. Time Warner Inc. rose$. 40 or. 5 percent, to $85.39.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 12 or. 2 percent, to $54.27. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 22 or. 3 percent, to $86.01. Gannett rose$. 07 or. 2 percent, to $33.28.

  • Shares in film making company Europacorp, in which he holds a 44 percent stake or some 12.94 million shares, climbed 7.5 percent to 4.15 euros each, valuing his holding at 53.7 million euros, up by 3.75 million from Friday's stock market close.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 27- "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling "Hercules" which took in $29 million for second place.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 27- "Lucy", starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win at domestic box offices outmuscling "Hercules", but both releases helped pump life into a lackluster summer at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

  • 'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. The Universal Pictures- released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • July 25- John Malone's Liberty Media Corp started the process of spinning off its cable assets through a stock dividend to its shareholders to form a new listed company called Liberty Broadband. Liberty Media shares were up 2 percent in premarket trading. Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Comcast Corp are among Liberty Media's top shareholders.

  • BSkyB to create multinational European TV network Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    LONDON— London- based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European satellite giant. BSkyB said Friday it will buy Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland for 5.35 billion pounds from media giant 21st Century Fox.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 42 or. 8 percent, to $55.13. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 76 or. 9 percent, to $86.80. Gannett rose$. 31 or. 9 percent, to $33.47.

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 39 or. 7 percent, to $55.10. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 73 or. 8 percent, to $86.77. Gannett rose$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $33.40.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 19 or. 3 percent, to $54.90. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 46 or. 5 percent, to $86.50. Gannett rose$. 18 or. 5 percent, to $33.34.

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sought to establish himself as a strong defender of consumer interests who would punish ISPs whose business practices may hurt consumers or competition.

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.8 percent to 23,962.98 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 5,575.10 helped by the brisk output report by mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 81 or 1.5 percent, to $54.63. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 47 or. 5 percent, to $86.21. Gannett rose $1.53 or 4.8 percent, to $33.25.