Viacom, Inc.

  • Add One of These Cable Network Owners to Your Portfolio

    By Damon Churchwell - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, VIA, DIS

    It is always a good time to purchase the shares of a major media conglomerate in light of their growing cable network businesses and the potential for ongoing expansion of those operations. Several top names remain good investments, as their scopes have never been greater and they continue to invest aggressively in efforts to stay vital.

    The companies are modeled around their network businesses without a doubt and are thriving more »

  • Disney’s Movie Rights Deal Makes Sense for Shareholders

    By William Bias - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: SNE, VIAB, VIA, DIS

    On July 2, entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) bought the movie distribution rights to four Marvel films from its rival, Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)(NASDAQ: VIAB) subsidiary Paramount, for an undisclosed sum. Walt Disney’s ownership of motion picture distribution rights based on its own popular and iconic characters makes a great deal of sense for its shareholders.

    Weak studio entertainment division

    As you can see in the table below more »

  • The Media War Is Raging

    By Delian Naydenov - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, GOOG, NFLX, VIA

    Several years ago the video-based media pie was easy to cut. The studios and networks would create the content, and the cable and video rental companies would distribute it. Currently, the established companies such as Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) are increasingly competing with the likes of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). While the old media companies still have an edge due to their predictable cash more »

  • This Media Giant Can Do More Than its Peers

    By Reuben Brewer - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, SNE, VIA, DIS

    As content owners increasingly become power brokers, few companies have the strength of Disney (NYSE: DIS). However, the benefits go well beyond selling valuable content to companies like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX).

    Content Power!

    The Internet has changed entire industries in a very short period of time. For example, the music industry was nearly destroyed. Now, however, it appears to be getting back on its feet, the most notable recent event 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 »

  • Time to Jump on the Time Warner Bandwagon?

    By Steven Mallas - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, VIA, DIS

    Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) Man of Steel film is performing well at the box office. Box Office Mojo says it grossed over $250 million worldwide (at the time of this writing). People seem to be enjoying the flick. And there's been much talk about how the success of the project gives Time Warner hope – hope that it can challenge Disney (NYSE: DIS) and its Avengers-universe Marvel asset with more »

  • One Great Opportunity for Streaming Larger Profits

    By Callum Turcan - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, DWA, NFLX, VIA

    Marriage is always sweet, and the marriage of Dreamworks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA) and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) could make those investments even sweeter. On Monday, these companies announced an agreement to stream over 300 hours of original content on Netflix that Dreamworks will make.

    For Netflix, Dreamworks will make a series based on its upcoming movie Turbo. Turbo is an animated kids movie about a failing family restaurant that can't more »

  • It is All About Exclusive Content for Netflix

    By Nick Chiu - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, DWA, NFLX, VIA

    According to McKinsey Global Institute, mobile Internet is one of the 12 disruptive technologies. Mobile Internet is about enhancing service delivery, boosting productivity, and delivering better and easier life experiences. Mobile Internet is progressing constantly, and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is well positioned to ride this trend.

    The deal with DreamWorks

    Netflix just signed an original programming deal with DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA). This multi-year agreement is the largest deal ever 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 »

  • Amazon and Viacom Burn Netflix

    By Adam Levy - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, VIA

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) came to a deal recently that will provide Amazon Prime subscribers exclusive streaming access to a slew of popular programming. The deal came almost immediately after streaming king Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) allowed its contract with the media company to lapse at the end of May, and is only the latest effort from Amazon to compete with Netflix in on-demand streaming video.

    Let’s more »

  • This Stock Has Got Multiple Catalysts

    By Nick Chiu - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, AKAM, BBY, VIA

    If a company is investing more to keep up with demand, it is a good sign for investors. It would be even better if the company can improve its margins at the same time. Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), a leading provider of content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for enterprises, is expanding its CapEx while improving gross margin as well.

    Akamai's products and services continue to be in demand more »

  • Viacom, Disney, and J.J. Abrams: A Long Time Ago in the Final Frontier

    By Scott Levine - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: EA, VIA, DIS

    Reinventing a franchise is a tricky situation. On one hand, a director must stay true to the source material, but he also wants to incorporate his own vision—to distinguish his interpretation from the others. Most fans and investors believe that J.J. Abrams has the force to make two favorite franchises live long and prosper.

    To go boldly where some men have gone before. . .

    Abrams’s re-imagination of Gene 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 »

  • Making Money at the Movies

    By Ash Anderson - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, VIA, DIS

    Word came out this past Sunday that Walt Disney’s (NYSE: DIS)  Iron Man 3 made a staggering $175.3 million in the domestic market, making the movie the second highest opener of all time, right behind last year’s Avengers.

    If you’re a Disney investor, you’ll no doubt love it that this company is pulling in the big bucks with its blockbuster movies. And if you factor more »

  • The House of Mouse Does It Again: Disney Earnings Compared

    By Erin McBride - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, EA, VIA, DIS | Editor's Choice

    The House of Mouse is an enviable place.

    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) reported a 32% increase in net income from the year previous for the most recent fiscal quarter.

    The brand name media giant reported net income for the fiscal second quarter rose 32% from a year ago to $1.51 billion. Revenue for the quarter rose 10% to $10.55 billion. Earnings per share for the quarter more »

  • An Important Business Model Shift

    By Reuben Brewer - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, VIA, DIS

    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has changed the media world forever. That said, the business model it used to get its streaming service off the ground is undergoing an important shift. If the company makes the transition, it could materially change the Internet video streaming industry. What's less certain is if it will make Netflix shares even more valuable.

    In the Beginning

    When Netflix first hit the market, it was a more »

  • Entertain Yourself: Your Investment Will Thank You (Part 1)

    By Brendan Marasco - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, TWX, FOX, VIA, DIS

    Imagine a priceless vacation to Disney World. Now, imagine returning to the resort, reclining on the couch, and watching your favorite television program. Then, top off the seemingly perfect day by viewing your favorite movie with family and friends.

    Okay, return to reality.

    You have the opportunity to invest in a profitable firm with high liquidity and modest debt. Or, you can invest in a profitable firm with poor liquidity more »

  • Entertain Yourself: Part 2

    By Brendan Marasco - April 28, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, TWX, FOX, VIA, DIS

    How is the dream vacation planning? Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) Shanghai resort and theme park sure sounds like a good option for 2016. (For those that did not read the first part of this analysis, you will want to review the content here.)

    To continue, we will look at profitability ratios:

     DisneyTime WarnerNews CorpComcastViacom
    PM 13.07% 10.51% 11.65% 9.91% 16.90%
    ROA more »
  • The New News Corporation

    By Shas Dey - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: TWX, FOX, VIA

    News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS) has chosen the name 21st Century Fox, a reference to its film studio Twentieth Century Fox, for its new entertainment division, which will be spun off in the next couple of months. The spinoff gives this 78-year-old film-studio brand a modern twist. The company recently released a regulatory filing giving details of the split and the new company New News Corporation, which I have detailed more »

  • Will Twitter Become the Next Big Player in Online Media?

    By Leo Sun - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, GOOG, VIA, DIS

    Microblogging site Twitter, which currently has 200 million active users, recently surprised its social media peers by announcing that it was working with two major television networks to add streaming video content to its site.

    According to Bloomberg, San Francisco-based Twitter is currently in negotiations with Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) and Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBCUniversal to forge content-sharing partnerships. Viacom is the parent company of Paramount Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy more »

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