Xiaomi Corp. is China’s largest smartphone vendor. After the latest round of financing, Xiaomi now has a current valuation of $45 billion. Xiaomi was the world’s third-largest vendor after Samsung and Apple Inc. in Q3 2014. Xiaomi is projecting to sell some 100 million phones worldwide in 2015. Source: Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal 12/21/14.

Satellite-Cable-Telco Subscribers
Company/Industry 2009 2010 2011 2012 1 yr. 3 yr.
(millions of subs)         Sub. Change
Comcast 23.559 22.790 22.331 21.995 -336 k -1,564 k
DirecTV 18.125 18.837 19.532 19.764 232 k 1,639 k
Dish 14.100 14.133 13.967 14.056 89 k -44 k
Time Warner Cable 12.859 12.422 12.061 12.218 157 k -641 k
Cox 6.200 6.150 6.090 6.000 -90 k -200 k
AT&T 2.500 3.373 4.144 4.856 712 k 2,356 k
Verizon 2.750 3.472 4.173 4.726 553 k 1,976 k
Charter Cable 4.824 4.520 4.314 4.158 -156 k -666 k
Cablevision 3.063 3.314 3.250 3.197 -53 k 134 k
Totals 87.980 89.011 89.862 90.970 1,108 k 2,990 k
Cable TV (5 MSOs) 50.505 49.196 48.046 47.568 -478 k -2,937 k
Satellite 32.225 32.970 33.499 33.820 321 k 1,595 k
Telco 5.250 6.845 8.317 9.582 1,265 k 4,332 k

Is Cord-Cutting A Myth? Do The Math!

By Paul Kagan - April 23, 2013

The popular image of "cord-cutting" - movement of interest from cable TV to online viewing--has been misread from the beginning. Reports of cable TV subscriber losses miss the fact that satellite and telephone companies built their own "cords." So, despite the advent of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other online providers, over the last three years (2010-2012) cable, satellite & phone operators - each of them "cords" with monthly contract fees - added a total of 3 mil. net new subscribers (see table above).

Concerns that a shift from TV to the internet have put incumbent carriers on a downward - perhaps fatal - path are way over the top (pun intended). Print critics in newspapers, magazines and online (veteran cynics of wired TV) have conjured a mass movement to online video, an opinion that helps them promote their own ventures.

As the table above shows, the nine largest "cords" (cable, satellite and telephone providers) - had 91 mil. subscribers at year-end 2012, up 3 mil. from 2009, when cord-jumping fever settled in. The biggest gainers on the list were AT&T (+2.36 mil.), Verizon (+1.98 mil.) and DirecTV (+1.64 mil.). And in 2012 alone, the big telcos added 1.265 mil. subs, Satellite gained only 321K and cable gave up 478K. (Note: for this analysis, I used data from only the five largest cable MSOs. But research indicates similar percentage performance deeper into the list.

The data above are not my estimates; they were reported by the companies. It's clear that, despite populist fears of cord-cutting, the nine largest video distributors signed a net new 3 mil. subscribers over the last three years while pundits accused them of losing audience to internet video newcomers. The new online networks surely are building their own followings, but they have a long way to go to be full competitors.

One of the biggest obstacles for the newbies is their own chronology. People aged 20-35 today - the primary cord-cutters--will lead different lives as they mature, when work and family responsibilities will have greatly changed. The economics of time and taste will find big screens on walls everywhere, and family viewing may well have a renaissance. Indeed, Google Fiber - for one - is counting on it. The search giant is planning to overbuild the nation with a gigabyte network designed to compete head-on with its cable/telco predecessors, while bowing to the needs of this generation's heavy downloaders.

Google clearly got the idea from the original cable guys, whose revenue comes primarily from video content but whose profit depends largely on similar access to the internet. Let the upgrading begin.




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Stocks Rise for Third Day;       Media General Completes Purchase of LIN Media

 
By Catherine Hertzberg - December 19, 2014
 

   Rising energy shares continued to push stocks toward making up their losses of last week. The Dow gained 27 pts. to close at 17,805. The S&P 500 rose 9 pts. to 2,071. For the week, the Dow was up 3% and the S&P 500 added 3.4%.

   Media General was down 2% in 6x avg. trading after completing its acquisition of LIN Media. The combined company will retain the symbol MEG.

  Zynga jumped 11% on twice avg. volume following the debut of its mobile game "Looney Tunes Dash!"

  Equinix reached a 52-week high of $234.10 before closing up 3% in heavy trading after the release of an upbeat research report by Pacific Crest Securities.

  Internet Content, up 32% YTD, is at an all-time high of 62.18.

 

 Indices  18-Dec  19-Dec  %YTD 
 Video Gaming 14.12 14.15 54.1 
 Fiber Optics 2.78 2.82 32.8 
 Internet Content 60.81 62.18 31.6 
 Consumer Elec. 90.24 89.99 28.7 
 DJ Utilities 613.65 613.49 25.1 
 Publishing 96.05 94.42 24.4 
 Satellite TV 77.96 78.21 23.0 
 Towers 336.58 338.02 19.3 
 NASDAQ 100 4,267.77 4,281.78 19.2 
 Global Cable 134.00 136.80 14.3 
 NASDAQ 4,748.40 4,765.38 14.1 
 S&P 500 2,061.23 2,070.65 12.0 
 Cable MSO 70.28 71.21 9.6 
 Telco 40.58 40.71 8.3 
 Dow Jones Avg. 17,778.15 17,804.80 7.4 
 Social Media 120.10 121.94 5.8 
 Movie Theaters 13.92 13.97 5.6 
 Broadband Tech. 21.22 21.29 4.9 
 Digital Life 497.48 502.41 4.5 
 3D 33.83 33.99 3.8 
 Motion Pictures 38.10 38.19 2.9 
 Russell 2000 1,192.16 1,195.94 2.8 
 Wireless Tech. 12.77 12.76 (0.4) 
 Advertising 97.74 98.27 (3.0) 
 Television 108.71 109.03 (4.0) 
 Internet Media 116.95 118.00 (4.2) 
 Home Video 196.21 198.89 (4.8) 
 Wireless Prov. 26.32 26.42 (13.6) 
 Radio 16.01 15.91 (15.6) 
 Global Wireless 75.94 75.52 (16.6) 
 Satellite Networks 50.85 51.01 (18.8) 
 Interactive TV 18.69 18.68 (24.2) 
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