Discovery Communications

  • Mad Men Keeps AMC on Top

    By Stephanie Faris - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, NFLX

    In the early days of its existence, AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) focused on showing "American movie classics," providing a great opportunity for lovers of black-and-white films to feast on a rainy-day marathon. But as with many of its competitors, AMC has evolved to include a large variety of original shows. The difference is, AMC is doing it really well.

    Thanks to its hit shows Mad Men and The Killing, AMC more »

  • Should You Buy This Media Conglomerate?

    By Bob Ciura - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, VIAB, DIS

    It’s been a great 2013 for Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) shareholders, who have seen the stock rise 35% since the beginning of the year. With returns like that, you’d likely think that the house that Mickey Mouse built can do no wrong.

    At the same time, the company's investing case isn't as sparkling clean as investors may prefer, as the media giant is likely to take more »

  • 3 TV Stocks to Watch Closely

    By Victor Selva - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, DISCA, SNI

    In show business everybody wants to be under the spotlight, not just actors. As higher ratings means higher revenues, media companies compete hard to outperform their peers. Entertainment firms like Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA), Scripps (NYSE: SNI) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) certainly know a thing or two about delivering highly sought-after TV content, yet face different prospects and growth opportunities. Let’s take a closer look at them and see more »

  • An Entertainment Firm to Discover

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, DLB, DWA

    Entertainment companies are among the most fun in which to invest. Why? Because they are a part of everyday life. That's why I'm excited to see consumer spending on the rise, because that means big profits for these businesses.

    Discovery Communications in the developing world

    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) is getting it done both in America and throughout the world. After living in Costa Rica for three months more »

  • Benefit From This Toy Giant's Continued Digital Push

    By Reuben Brewer - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, HAS, MAT

    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) just inked a deal to buy 70% of casual game maker Backflip Studios. This fits nicely with the company's goals of creating broad identities around its impressive portfolio of brands. This should help boost performance over time at the number two toy maker.

    Doing More with its Toys

    Hasbro has taken a fairly aggressive stance in its brand development efforts in recent years. For example, while more »

  • Four Intriguing Media Companies

    By Damon Churchwell - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, SNI, SBGI

    Numerous media companies are scheduled to release June-quarter earnings in late July and early August. These are stocks that have soared, in many instances, since the beginning of 2013. When reviewing the earnings, take a look at advertising sales trends, as well as the viewership ratings of owned networks or station groups.

    CBS gave investors an early indication of how ad demand may have been, and what will be reported more »

  • Has This Network Jumped the Shark?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, SNI

    The term "jumping the shark" started when the successful Happy Days show, after years of every possible plot point, decided to show the "Fonz" waterskiing and literally jumping over a shark. The show went south rapidly.

    Here Comes Amish Sharks!

    I fear Discovery Channel (NASDAQ: DISCA) is perilously close to jumping the shark despite how much we all love its Shark Week returning August 4 with all things shark. Relying more »

  • The New Television Bill Could Impact These Stocks

    By Chris Katje - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, DIS

    Throughout the last decade, there have been attempts at an a la carte cable television pricing model that would keep subscription costs down and allow consumers to select and pay for only the channels they watch and use. Senator John McCain took one further step on the path to a la carte subscriptions by introducing the Television Consumer Freedom Act in Congress. The introduction of the bill should worry shareholders more »

  • Why This Isn't a Great Discovery

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, LINTA

    After covering the heavy hitters, I came across a number of smaller, under-the-radar TV networks. The first channel that comes to mind is Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA), mainly because I really want to love the stock given its great documentaries. However, the valuation appears to be too rich, trading at over 30 times earnings. 

    Discovery is a pure-play cable network company operating the the Discovery, Animal Planet and TLC channels more »

  • Traditional Media Still Offers Upside

    By Damian Illia - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, SNI, SIRI

    Although some might believe that traditional media is slowly dying, content creators have still got long pathways for growth ahead of them, especially those who are also exploring new platforms. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) and Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) are three companies that fulfill these requirements and thus, offer compelling long-term investment prospects. Let’s take a closer look at them.

    Living the good more »

  • A Quality Investment in Content

    By Dan Moskowitz - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, VIA, DIS

    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA) deserves more investment consideration than it receives, but could it possibly be a better investment than Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA), or even Disney (NYSE: DIS)

    Discovering adrenaline 

    Did you watch Nik Wallenda tightrope his way across a 1,500-foot high and 1,400-foot long canyon last Sunday? If not, you missed out on the most popular program of the evening. The Wallenda Tightrope Walk on Discovery attracted more »

  • Check Out These Three Media Stocks

    By Damon Churchwell - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, IACI

    Within the entertainment sector, owners of cable television networks, as well as of heavily visited subscription-based networks, appear to have the most profit upside. As the number of media alternatives available to consumers continues to grow, these businesses are gaining a greater proportion of advertising dollars, while print publishers, broadcast TV network owners, and traditional radio broadcasters' market shares are narrowing. If you are seeking to reap the rewards of more »

  • Independent Networks Make For Great TV and Great Investments

    By Mark Yagalla - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, STRZA

    Lately, most of the attention has been paid to how content is being delivered, whether it's online or television. In my opinion, the focus should be on the quality of the content itself. The old saying is, "build it and they will come." With these independent networks, their mantra is create quality content and the viewers will come. These three stocks create the content that viewers want, and it more »

  • Rediscover this Leader in Nonfiction Media Content

    By Mark Lin - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, SNI, VIA

    If you are a nature or animal lover, it is likely that you have watched programs produced by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA), the global leader in nonfiction media content with brands such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Unlike television dramas and movies, whose popularity depend on a host of unknown factors, Discovery Communications’ programs have far more stable viewership ratings and customer loyalty for its brands. However, Discovery Communications more »

  • These Stocks Still Entertain Investors

    By Austin Higgins - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, SNI, VIA

    The entertainment industry is a fickle one. Yesterday’s star is sometimes today’s loser. This can be true with entertainment stocks, as well. Three entertainment companies posted earnings the first week of May. This is what investors need to know about their earnings and what is to come. 

    Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) operates a number of popular television channels including the Food Network, Home and Garden Television, and more »

  • Are Mad Men, Moonshiners, and Zombies Making You Money?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, LGF

    Hollywood has always made money off of angst and horror. Just look at how much the American public loves to be scared by werewolves, Mad Men, zombies, vampires, and most frightening of all, reality star Honey Boo-Boo.

    Two companies are finally taking off after a few spectacularly successful hits: Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF) and AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX)which finally made their bones with 1960's period drama Mad more »

  • Time Warner Severs Publishing Arm to Focus on Threat from Streaming Video

    By Shas Dey - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CBS, DISCA, NFLX, TWX, VIAB

    The rumors have finally been confirmed; Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the “complete legal and structural separation” of its publishing unit, Time Inc. Once the transaction is completed, Time will become an independent, publicly traded company.

    It is a move that many analysts have been speculating for quite some time now. The decision of the board, however, comes at a time when media more »

  • A Media Bidding War Gets Exciting

    By Mike Thiessen - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, OUTD, TWX

    An expected merger deal between Outdoor Channel Holdings (NASDAQ: OUTD) and privately-held InterMedia Outdoor Holdings may have been scuttled by a last-minute counteroffer from sports entertainment magnate Stan Kroenke's Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. Kroenke's offer represents a 75-cent-per-share premium over InterMedia's widely-panned $8-per-share buyout proposal, and may serve as the final word in this old-fashioned bidding war. While InterMedia technically has the right to put forward a more more »

  • Viacom’s Next Growth Drivers?

    By Damon Churchwell - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: DISCA, SNI, VIAB

    Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) has nearly always had catalysts in the works, be it in the cable television or film arena, which surpassed expectations and gave a jumpstart to its profitability. Namely, MTV’s Jersey Shore and the numerous Paramount / DreamWorks Animation collaborations, such as the Transformers films, have provided support to earnings. Last year ended on a soft note as Nickelodeon continued an ongoing slump and film receipts were unimpressive more »

  • It Appears Expensive, But Is Worth an Investigation

    By Mike Thiessen - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, MSG

    The Madison Square Garden Company (NASDAQ: MSG) is up by 27% YTD behind positive news from the NHL and, more recently, a well-received earnings report.  The damage from the NHL lockout to MSG’s earnings was less significant than the Street expected.  Earnings also benefitted from greater than expected cost savings.  Looking forward, free cash flow is set to improve at MSG as the large capex outlays of recent years more »

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