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  • Final Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 96 or 1.7 percent, to $55.81. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 44 or. 5 percent, to $94.74. Gannett rose$. 21 or. 7 percent, to $31.02.

  • Box office top 20: 'American Sniper' hits $107 million Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    1. "American Sniper," Warner Bros., $107,007,215, 3,555 locations, $30,100 average, $110,431,993, 4 weeks. 2. "Paddington," The Weinstein Co., $25,494,139, 3,303 locations, $7,718 average, $25,494,139, 1 week. 3. "The Wedding Ringer," Sony, $24,042,152, 3,003 locations, $8,006 average, $24,042,152, 1 week.

  • Midday Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell $1.20 or 2.1 percent, to $55.58. Walt Disney Co. fell $1.07 or 1.1 percent, to $94.11. Gannett fell$. 12 or. 4 percent, to $30.69.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 69 or 1.2 percent, to $56.08. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 73 or. 8 percent, to $94.45. Gannett fell$. 22 or. 7 percent, to $30.59.

  • Va. man charged with killing ex's new husband Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:53 AM ET

    ASHBURN, Va.— A northern Virginia man who claimed a role as a co-founder of the address book software company Plaxo is accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife's new husband at her home while the woman and three of her children were inside, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if the woman or her children witnessed the shooting of Corey Mattison, who had wed...

  • NEW YORK— Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend. The previous biggest hit was Wes Anderson's " Grand Budapest Hotel," which made $59.1 million in its entire run. "It's become a cultural phenomenon," said Dan Fellman, head...

  • Instacart snags $220 million investment Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A shopper for Instacart studies her smart phone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver.

    Instacart announced it has closed a $220 million funding round, which the grocery delivery service says it will use toward expansion and growth.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Jan 11- U.S. and Canadian filmgoers turned out for a third time to see Liam Neeson in his action movie franchise "Taken," which led box office charts over the weekend with $40.4 million in ticket sales. The Golden Globe- nominated film starring Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep has now totaled more than $105 million since opening on Christmas day.

  • The companies are adopting the technology to help keep customers from cancelling subscriptions in favor of streaming services such as Netflix Inc, Amazon and Hulu, which are far cheaper and also come with user-friendly guides to make finding shows easier. "Every consumer will agree it's terrible," Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey said.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc, a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal. Family Dollar, the No. 2 U.S. discount retailer, had previously disclosed...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc, a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal. Family Dollar had previously disclosed that state attorneys general...

  • Hearst quietly builds digital-video arsenal Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Shane Smith on an episode of Vice.

    Hearst has incubated a digital-video powerhouse within its secretive empire.

  • Parsons: This is why media M&A is on pause Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 9:40 AM ET
    Richard Parsons

    After two big media deals get done, there will be a domino effect of M&A, former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons tells CNBC.

  • Karmazin: I would invest in this media merger Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 9:29 AM ET
    Mel Karmazin, former Sirius CEO

    Former CBS chief Mel Karmazin also says media companies must get bigger in order to deal with advertisers and distributors.

  • Advertisers may fall in love with cord cutters Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    DISH President and CEO Joe Clayton introduces Sling Television, an Internet pay-television service, at he 2015 International CES on January 5, 2015 in Las Vegas.

    Cord cutting has been blamed for weak TV ratings, but viewers who watch video over the Internet may be more valuable to advertisers.

  • Dish launches $20 over-the-top TV service Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Joe Clayton, CEO of Dish, announces their new streaming service Sling Television during the Dish news conference at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, January 5, 2015.

    ESPN is hitting the Web on live paid TV, thanks to Dish's Sling TV bundle. But there are some pros and cons..

  • "Into The Woods," an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical that puts a spin on children's fairy tales, stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp and has grossed $91.2 million since opening on Christmas Day. "The Interview," the provocative comedy blamed for triggering a massive cyberattack on Sony's movie studio, which then canceled its wide...

  • Why Netflix hasn’t killed pay TV in Europe Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 7:31 AM ET
    A sign is posted in front of the Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California.

    For years, people have been declaring the death of pay TV at the hands of download companies like Netflix. But that moment has not yet arrived.

  • 2014 marks top year for M&A since financial crisis Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    Deals worth nearly $3.5 trillion were announced, a performance favored by low interest rates and high stock prices. NYT reports.

  • How digital ads may fuel media M&A in 2015 Thursday, 1 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    There may be a yet another reason for media content companies to merge in 2015: digital advertising.