Paramount's "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation," since rolling out its first spot on March 22, has accounted for $36.3 mil. in TV spend. "Mission Impossible" franchise now summer's 4th biggest investor in TV time, trailing Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" ($41.9 mil.), "Entourage" ($40.4 mil.), "San Andreas" ($39.4 mil.). // Anthony Crupi, adage.com, 8/4/2015


COMCAST’S RALPH ROBERTS:GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

By Paul Kagan - June 19, 2015

Ralph Roberts, the dynamic pioneer who built a tiny system in Tupelo, Mississippi into Comcast--cable’s largest company--passed away yesterday at age 95. His vision, and devotion to the cause of a new communications medium, can be expressed by a quotation from Thomas Edison: "A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."  The company that Ralph founded--with his partners Julian Brodsky, Dan Aaron, and later, his son Brian, now the CEO--soared from a speck in the cable universe to a diversified, media giant. As noted in An Incredible Dream, William Novak’s bio of the company, “Ralph was in heaven” when, in the mid-1980s, in my Kagan cable newsletter, I called Comcast “a baby blue chip.” It wasn’t long before “baby” grew up to be cable’s leading multiple-system operator.

Today, we are in the midst of far greater change in the media. Comcast is now a movie-TV-cable enterprise that Ralph was able to see completed. But its arch-rival—AT&T—which sold its industry-leading cable subs to Comcast in 2001, is back via acquisition of DirecTV’s U.S. and foreign satellite footprint and expansion into Latin America TV.




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Apple, Rate Fears Sink Stocks

 
By Catherine Hertzberg - August 4, 2015
 

  Stocks dropped as Apple hit a six-month low and Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said that September may be the right time to raise interest rates. The Dow lost 92 pts. to close at 17,598. The S&P fell 6 pts. to 2,098.

  Apple fell 3% in 3x avg. trading over concerns about slowing iPhone sales, especially in China.

  Netflix reached an all-time high of $122.79 before closing up 8% in heavy trading. It announced its first foray into Asia, with service starting in Japan September 2.

  General Comm. slipped 3% in light trading. It reported a Q2 loss of $15.6 mil. vs. a $5.9 mil. profit a year ago.

  Despite GNCMA’s loss, Cable MSOs are up 11% YTD, and are at an all-time high of 79.86.

 

 

 Indices  8/3  8/4  %YTD 
 Home Video 375.01 394.69 97.3 
 Video Gaming 18.11 18.23 30.0 
 Digital Life 652.72 652.42 29.8 
 Internet Content 75.02 74.33 22.6 
 Internet Media 137.58 139.20 16.3 
 Publishing 109.39 107.54 15.4 
 3D 39.68 39.68 15.2 
 Broadband Tech. 23.96 23.83 12.0 
 Wireless Prov. 29.79 29.65 10.7 
 Cable MSO 79.60 79.86 10.5 
 Television 121.24 120.73 10.0 
 Movie Theaters 15.49 15.38 8.5 
 NASDAQ 100 4,580.46 4,567.47 7.8 
 NASDAQ 5,115.38 5,105.55 7.8 
 Global Wireless 80.84 79.79 7.1 
 Motion Pictures 40.68 40.63 5.9 
 Wireless Tech. 13.34 13.22 4.7 
 Towers 347.93 348.95 3.8 
 Advertising 102.03 102.18 3.7 
 Russell 2000 1,231.79 1,228.85 2.0 
 S&P 500 2,098.04 2,093.32 1.7 
 Global Cable 137.09 137.39 1.0 
 Dow Jones Avg. 17,598.20 17,550.69 (1.5) 
 Consumer Elec. 87.82 86.80 (3.4) 
 Fiber Optics 2.71 2.70 (4.7) 
 Radio 15.27 15.12 (5.8) 
 DJ Utilities 587.77 579.37 (6.3) 
 Telco 38.23 37.90 (6.7) 
 Satellite Networks 45.03 44.70 (11.5) 
 Interactive TV 16.17 16.09 (13.7) 
 Social Media 102.28 101.84 (15.0) 
 Satellite TV 78.69 32.36 (59.0) 
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