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  • Midday Glance: Media companies Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 29 or. 5 percent, to $55.53. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 25 or. 3 percent, to $94.48. 21st Century Fox Inc. class B fell$. 29 or. 9 percent, to $33.01.

  • Early Glance: Media companies Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Comcast Corp. fell$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $55.77. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 03 or percent, to $94.26. Gannett fell$. 77 or 2.5 percent, to $30.15.

  • LOS ANGELES/ SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 13- Woody Allen will make his first foray onto the small screen, writing and directing an online series for Amazon.com, the latest coup by deep-pocketed cable and streaming companies in luring the biggest names in film to television. Filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher and Guillermo del Toro have...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bubbles are forming where we're not looking: Pros Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 7:49 AM ET
    Richard Parsons

    Bubbles could be forming in financial markets in today's zero interest rate environment, Richard Parsons tells CNBC.

  • Media embracing digital TV with strings attached Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ LAS VEGAS Jan 8- Media companies that are starting to allow their programs onto Internet-delivered TV and mobile devices are putting limits on digital rights as a safety hatch if problems arise with the new distribution systems, executives say. Media companies are considering joining streaming-only services, or launching their own like HBO and CBS,...

  • NBA franchise for sale. Cost: Anybody's guess Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 2:49 PM ET
    Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks go after a rebound during the NBA game at Staples Center on January 5, 2015 in Los Angeles.

    In the first post-Steve Ballmer sale of an NBA team, many wonder who will buy the Atlanta Hawks——and for how much.

  • Jan 8- Activist-investor Starboard Value LP has reiterated that Yahoo Inc should consider a merger with AOL Inc and cut costs to improve profits, spurred by media reports that Yahoo is exploring other large-scale acquisitions. Starboard, in September, urged Yahoo to consider merging with AOL on the grounds that a deal could create up to $1 billion in "synergies"...

  • 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.

  • ESPN without cable: Will it eat its own viewers? Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 4:41 PM ET
    ESPN broadcasters talk on the set at Heinz Field before an NFL football game.

    Dish Network will offer an Internet video service for $20 that includes ESPN. The challenge will be hanging on to cable subscribers.

  • Jan 5- Dish Network Corp on Monday took the wraps off its long-anticipated video streaming service, named Sling TV, targeted to younger consumers who shun pricey cable and satellite subscriptions. It will include television programming and sports events from Walt Disney's ABC, ESPN and Maker Studios, Time Warner's TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and...

  • 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..

  • Dish unveils Sling TV video streaming service Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 12:31 PM ET

    Jan 5- Dish Network Corp on Monday took the wraps off its long-anticipated video streaming service, named Sling TV, targeted to younger consumers who shun pricey cable and satellite subscriptions. It will include television programming and sports events from Walt Disney's ABC, ESPN and Maker Studios, Time Warner's TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and...

  • "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...

  • 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.

  • Playoffs?! The big, new boon to college football Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 12:18 PM ET
    Blake Sims of the Alabama Crimson Tide

    In establishing a national championship playoff, college football's power players boosted the sport's ability to rake in revenue.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street trumps Frozen for piracy Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 1:07 PM ET
    A scene for "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

    “The Wolf of Wall Street” has been named 2014’s most pirated film and Game of Thrones the most pirated TV show.

  • Here's why Hollywood's looking to 2015 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 PM ET

    North American box office receipts totaled about $10.5 billion in 2014, a 4 percent decline from a year earlier. The New York Times reports.

  • Early Movers: AMC, American Apparel, Staples & more Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    Companies making headlines before the bell Monday.