On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HASFrom the article:"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Giy/532ae9e2

On the potential for the  #GuardiansoftheGalaxy  franchise: http://bit.ly/1sMe5ij $DIS $HAS

From the article:

"All that changed in 2012 when "Marvel’s The Avengers" set a new all-time opening weekend record on the way to a $1.5 billion run at the worldwide box office. Marvel’s been on a winning streak ever since.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Consumer Products. Disney’s highest-margin operating segment has seen annualized revenue go from $2.425 billion in fiscal 2009 — right before the close of the Marvel deal — to $3.555 billion in fiscal 2013. The arrival of “The Avengers” heralded those huge gains in merchandising and licensing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is positioning to do the same by introducing fans to heroes and villains they might never have seen before. “

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Giy/532ae9e2

Until the #writing is done …

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The question of whether  #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to  #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5From the article: "On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8DhE/532ae9e2

The question of whether #HemlockGrove  gets a season 3 matters to #Netflix  investors, too: http://bit.ly/1qYC1l5

From the article: 

"On Netflix, more than 1.5 million people had rated the show as of this writing, giving it a combined 3.9 out of 5 stars. By comparison, 3.9 million have weighed in on "House of Cards" (4.8 stars) while 5.8 million have rated "Orange Is the New Black" (4.4 stars). Among Netflix originals, "Hemlock Grove" is a weak performer.

The picture worsens when you look beyond internal Netflix scores and consider social data.

Below, I’ve compared Netflix’s horror show to one of its peers, “Orange Is the New Black,” and another edgy, pay-TV drama, “Ray Donovan.” The show does well in all but one very important category …”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8DhE/532ae9e2

#CaptainAmerica  comes to the rescue in $DIS  #earnings  report: http://bit.ly/1sdZa2yFrom the article:"Guardians didn’t contribute to fiscal third-quarter results. Instead, Captain America: The Winter Soldier led the way at the box office, earning $713.6 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The win reflects Disney’s growing reliance on acquired brands, as Marvel powered gains in both the consumer goods and studio entertainment segments, two of Disney’s fastest-growing businesses in the quarter …"http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Crw/532ae9e2

#CaptainAmerica  comes to the rescue in $DIS #earnings  report: http://bit.ly/1sdZa2y

From the article:

"Guardians didn’t contribute to fiscal third-quarter results. Instead, Captain America: The Winter Soldier led the way at the box office, earning $713.6 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The win reflects Disney’s growing reliance on acquired brands, as Marvel powered gains in both the consumer goods and studio entertainment segments, two of Disney’s fastest-growing businesses in the quarter …"

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8Crw/532ae9e2

How  #GoogleFiber  put  #Verizon  on the defensive. $VZ $GOOGL http://bit.ly/1sbg4LPFrom the article:"Say what you will about the differences in style, Google and Verizon are pitching what would amount to identical services — if Verizon were offering gigabit connectivity. Google Fiber is not only symmetric, but it’s also 40 times faster for entry-level customers and twice as fast as Verizon’s top-tier offering."http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8B6m/532ae9e2

How #GoogleFiber  put #Verizon  on the defensive. $VZ $GOOGL http://bit.ly/1sbg4LP

From the article:

"Say what you will about the differences in style, Google and Verizon are pitching what would amount to identical services — if Verizon were offering gigabit connectivity. Google Fiber is not only symmetric, but it’s also 40 times faster for entry-level customers and twice as fast as Verizon’s top-tier offering."

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8B6m/532ae9e2

Night 3 of  #SDCC . Finally had a chance to catch up w my  #EverythingGeek  co-hosts, +Justin Cavender and +Tony Tellado.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8qHJ/532ae9e2

Night 3 of #SDCC . Finally had a chance to catch up w my #EverythingGeek  co-hosts, +Justin Cavender and +Tony Tellado.

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Where to put the dollars you’re spending on vintage #comics at #SDCC this weekend: http://aol.it/1umtk5vFrom the article:"As it turns out, widespread interest in Walt Disney’s (DIS) Marvel movies and similar films from Time Warner’s (TWX) DC Comics has spawned surging interest in rare comics. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold $30 million worth of comics and comic book art in 2013 alone."http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oFy/532ae9e2

Where to put the dollars you’re spending on vintage #comics at #SDCC this weekend: http://aol.it/1umtk5v

From the article:

"As it turns out, widespread interest in Walt Disney’s (DIS) Marvel movies and similar films from Time Warner’s (TWX) DC Comics has spawned surging interest in rare comics. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold $30 million worth of comics and comic book art in 2013 alone."

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oFy/532ae9e2

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Did you know  #AppleTV  is the world’s most-used streaming media player? http://bit.ly/WiTZ3O $AAPLThat’s a good position to be in considering where this market is headed. From the article:"Parks estimates the worldwide installed base for Apple TV at 20 million versus 8 million for Roku as of the end of 2013. Tiny numbers when you consider the increasing popularity of American television and cinema is Europe and Asia. Netflix alone serves over 46 million paid subscribers across the globe. As its membership rolls grow, so too should the market for Apple TV, Roku, and alternatives.If there’s a loser here, it might be Chromecast. Roughly 6% of U.S. broadband households have one. Among the owners that Parks surveyed, monthly use of the device for watching Internet video on TV dropped to 73% in the first quarter from 78% in the third quarter of 2013. Perhaps that’s why Google touted  forthcoming support for Chromecast mirroring at last month’s I/O developer conference.Parks doesn’t weigh in on the specific potential for Fire TV. But there’s also no doubt that Amazon.com’s mere interest in the market is a threat, and could “awaken the sleeping giant that is Apple,” research director Barbara Kraus said in a press release announcing the findings.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8hrh/532ae9e2

Did you know #AppleTV  is the world’s most-used streaming media player? http://bit.ly/WiTZ3O $AAPL

That’s a good position to be in considering where this market is headed. From the article:

"Parks estimates the worldwide installed base for Apple TV at 20 million versus 8 million for Roku as of the end of 2013. Tiny numbers when you consider the increasing popularity of American television and cinema is Europe and Asia. Netflix alone serves over 46 million paid subscribers across the globe. As its membership rolls grow, so too should the market for Apple TV, Roku, and alternatives.

If there’s a loser here, it might be Chromecast. Roughly 6% of U.S. broadband households have one. Among the owners that Parks surveyed, monthly use of the device for watching Internet video on TV dropped to 73% in the first quarter from 78% in the third quarter of 2013. Perhaps that’s why Google touted  forthcoming support for Chromecast mirroring at last month’s I/O developer conference.

Parks doesn’t weigh in on the specific potential for Fire TV. But there’s also no doubt that Amazon.com’s mere interest in the market is a threat, and could “awaken the sleeping giant that is Apple,” research director Barbara Kraus said in a press release announcing the findings.”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8hrh/532ae9e2

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Nice $80 mil.win for  #SouthPark , Comedy Central. For +Hulu? Not so much: http://bit.ly/1rmqOrl Reactions?From the article:"Investors should take note because the comments are specifically aimed at how Hulu does business. Most say they don’t like that Hulu Plus includes ads when its key competitors — Netflix and Amazon Prime — are ad-free. International distribution is also an issue, according to many of the commenters.For its part, Hulu says at its site that ads help to keep subscription costs low. I know that sounds trite, but it’s actually a reasonable argument. Netflix had (and continues to have) a profitable DVD-by-mail service that produces revenue and profit for funding originals and international streaming expansion. Hulu has never been anything other than a streaming service.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cFZ/532ae9e2

Nice $80 mil.win for #SouthPark , Comedy Central. For +Hulu? Not so much: http://bit.ly/1rmqOrl Reactions?

From the article:

"Investors should take note because the comments are specifically aimed at how Hulu does business. Most say they don’t like that Hulu Plus includes ads when its key competitors — Netflix and Amazon Prime — are ad-free. International distribution is also an issue, according to many of the commenters.

For its part, Hulu says at its site that ads help to keep subscription costs low. I know that sounds trite, but it’s actually a reasonable argument. Netflix had (and continues to have) a profitable DVD-by-mail service that produces revenue and profit for funding originals and international streaming expansion. Hulu has never been anything other than a streaming service.”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cFZ/532ae9e2

Tags: SouthPark

As promised, here’s a closer look at $IMAX and the importance of joint revenue-sharing: http://bit.ly/1whVSZw  #starwars  From the article:"IMAX needs these kind of wins. Joint revenue-sharing arrangements — whereby theaters get access to equipment in exchange for a cut of the box-office take — comprised 22.5% of revenue and 27.6% of gross profit in the latest quarter.We can expect even bigger contributions in future years. “The company continues to seek to expand its network of theaters under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, particularly in select international markets,” IMAX said in its latest 10-K annual filing.China is a good example. As of December, 85 of IMAX’s 150 local theaters were subject to joint revenue-sharing agreements. Investors like the model well enough that, in April, IMAX sold a 20% stake in its China subsidiary to CMC Capital Partners and FountainVest Partners for $80 million in proceeds.”http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8b5C/532ae9e2

As promised, here’s a closer look at $IMAX and the importance of joint revenue-sharing: http://bit.ly/1whVSZw #starwars  

From the article:

"IMAX needs these kind of wins. Joint revenue-sharing arrangements — whereby theaters get access to equipment in exchange for a cut of the box-office take — comprised 22.5% of revenue and 27.6% of gross profit in the latest quarter.

We can expect even bigger contributions in future years. “The company continues to seek to expand its network of theaters under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, particularly in select international markets,” IMAX said in its latest 10-K annual filing.

China is a good example. As of December, 85 of IMAX’s 150 local theaters were subject to joint revenue-sharing agreements. Investors like the model well enough that, in April, IMAX sold a 20% stake in its China subsidiary to CMC Capital Partners and FountainVest Partners for $80 million in proceeds.”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8b5C/532ae9e2

Tags: starwars