Disney’s ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Disney’s ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Over the last several quarters, one of the few blemishes to be had with Disney has been ESPN as chord cutters moved away from the sports programming behemoth. While it took some time for Disney to get its digital offering together, which included some headcount pruning and other cost-saving measures, this past April it launched […]

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Verizon to launch 5G home service on October 1

Verizon to launch 5G home service on October 1

We are on the cusp of seeing 5G network service being deployed, just not in the application that many of us would expect. That’s right, not the smartphone but rather for in-home wireless service and it’s from Verizon. Pretty interesting given that Verizon mostly stopped expanding FiOS fiber-to-the-home service in 2010 and since then has been […]

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And then there was one as Charter’s CEO says cable TV is no longer a standalone product

And then there was one as Charter’s CEO says cable TV is no longer a standalone product

During the June quarter earnings call, the CEO of Charter Communications Tom Rutledge caved to mounting cord cutting pressure on its TV business admitting that it no longer sees cable TV as a stand-alone product. On the one hand, we are surprised to see this admission as it casts some serious strategic questions on the […]

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Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

If we needed any confirmation that aspects of our Digital Lifestyle investing theme are bleeding over into in-person fun, here it is – theme parks are adding free Wi-Fi. Now, in some cases, it may be to stream videos, but more likely it’s to access maps, schedules, and tickets that one finds inside a theme park’s […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Positioning for Fed Stress Test Result

WEEKLY ISSUE: Positioning for Fed Stress Test Result

Ahead of the news on the next installment of the Fed’s stress test results for banks, we’re adding a call position in JPMorgan (JPM) and keeping our media M&A call option trades in play as Comcast (CMCSA) could make another bid for 21st Century Fox (FOXA)

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AT&T and Time Warner launch WatchTV, with new unlimited data plans

AT&T and Time Warner launch WatchTV, with new unlimited data plans

The dust has barely settled on the legal ruling that is paving the way for AT&T (T) to combine with Time Warner (TWX), and we are alread hearing of new products and services to stem from this combination. No surprise as we are seeing a blurring between mobile networks and devices, social media and content […]

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Positioning for the post AT&T-Time Warner ruling

Positioning for the post AT&T-Time Warner ruling

A court ruling this week that paves the way for an AT&T-Time Warner combination will redraw the lines for how content and content delivery are paired together, redrawing the competitive landscape and more than likely setting off an M&A frenzy. We’re taking steps to prepare for just that.

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Comcast and Fandango enable movie ticket buying… if you are watching a TV

Comcast and Fandango enable movie ticket buying… if you are watching a TV

One of the strategies behind getting consumers to adopt alternative payments is to reduce if not remove friction to the transaction as well as make it easy peasy for the consumer to use. In the case of Comcast teaming with Fandango to enable the buying of movie tickets through the television, it’s pretty cool but […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Adding back a specialty contractor to Select List

WEEKLY ISSUE: Adding back a specialty contractor to Select List

As the market flip flops on trade negotiations with China and North Korea, we are adding back a specialty contractor that is poised to prosper from the pending 5G network buildout. We also share why we’re sticking with Applied Materials shares and dig through LendingClub shares as part of our Cash-strapped Consumer investing theme.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: The Shakeout from Market Volatility on the Select List

WEEKLY ISSUE: The Shakeout from Market Volatility on the Select List

The recent reset for domestic stocks following a rapid ascent over the last few month has removed some of the froth from the market. Of course, as valuations levels have drifted back to earth from the rare air they recently inhabited there are opportunities this new market dynamic bring, but there have also been several casualties.

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