Advanced Television


Analyst: Dish bankruptcy “overwhelmingly probable”

Charlie Ergen is in the process of – in effect – merging Dish Network with sister business EchoStar in a strategy to tap into EchoStar’s cash war chest and in order to further build out Dish’s near-national 5G cellular spectrum in the US. The problem, according to analysts at MoffettNathanson, is that the moves might […]

November 24, 2023

DISH Network lays off 500; Akhavan now CEO

Denver-based DISH Network, reeling from a shrinking subscriber base and a collapsing share price, has announced that more than 500 staff are being laid off. “Like most businesses, we continually evaluate and make adjustments to ensure we’re set up for long-term success,” DISH said in a statement. “We made the difficult decision to part ways […]

November 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Project Kuiper still a good idea?

Analysts at MoffettNathanson Research (MN), in a deep dive into prospects for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband mega-constellation, are asking some tough questions. They point out that as well as being head-to-head with Elon Musk’s Starlink, along with other would-be players in the orbital broadband space, Amazon is also facing considerable criticism from its own shareholders […]

September 8, 2023

Analyst: “Disney could save DTC”

Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson (MN) says that while it should be obvious by Disney’ stock price, weak subscriber data, and what he says are the recent inconsistent management comments about Disney’s streaming strategy, that the market has largely written off any optimism about where Disney’s DTC operations can go. Nathanson says he understands the market’s […]

June 21, 2023

Analyst: “TV Industry consolidation inevitable”

Analysts at SVB MoffettNathanson (MN) recently held their first Media & Internet TMT Conference with a heavyweight portfolio of expert speakers. The consensus was that the broadcasting industry were “relatively optimistic” for advertising demand in the CTV, AVoD and sports-led linear segments. However, speakers were asked about the impact from some network programmers who ‘cheat’ […]

May 31, 2023

Analyst: AMC’s restraint applauded

The chair of AMC Networks, James Dolan, helped by a couple of family generations involved in the pay-TV business, has bluntly said that the streaming business model is broken. He added that while some M&A could help, such deals are not the answer. Analysts at MoffettNathanson (MN) agree with Dolan and say that change in […]

February 23, 2023

Analyst: Free cash flow an issue at Paramount

A post-results report from analysts at MoffettNathanson (MN) admitted that 2022 was a “challenging year” for Paramount. MN praised SVoD service Paramount+ and its 56 million subscribers (up 9.9 million), but suggested that investors should be focused on free cash flow (FCF) as the true measure of a business. The problem is that last year’s […]

February 20, 2023

Analyst: “Disney problems self-inflicted”

Michael Nathanson, senior analyst at MoffettNathanson (MN), is on record as welcoming the return to Disney of Bob Iger. MN promptly upgraded its advice to clients on Disney last November (to ‘Outperform’) following Iger’s re-appointment. But MN’s latest study lists in some detail the tasks ahead for Iger. “Iger’s return will force Disney to have […]

January 17, 2023

Analysis: What’s next for Disney?

Analysts at MoffettNathanson (MN) welcomed the return of Bob Iger as CEO. They were not alone. The market responded well to his rehire, but now MN rightly asks ‘What’s next?’ and recognises the tough tasks ahead for Iger and his team. “Cord-cutting is now running over -6 per cent, the Parks [division] cash engine can […]

December 6, 2022

Analyst: Iger raises Disney’s prospects

Analysts at MoffettNathanson (MN) are – perhaps justifiably – impressed by Disney’s rehiring of its former boss Bob Iger. His new contract might just be for two years, but the appointment significantly improves Disney’s prospects, according to the firm. MN’s report upgrades the Walt Disney Co to ‘Outperform’, and while congratulating the Disney Board of […]

November 22, 2022