AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL)’s Goviral, which is a London-based, global company that distributes brand videos, intends to launch in the United States in January, according to Rene Rechtman, CEO and founder, in an interview with Beet.TV. Goviral was acquired by AOL last year for $97 million, and it claims that it works with 40 top global brands along with about 40,000 publishers in 80 markets. Goviral works with brands to obtain video views on both publisher sites and on social networks. The company does not use pre-roll or in-stream advertising.
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX): Canadian Netflix subscribers should be excited for next year, considering a Warner deal bringing quite a bit of popular content. In January 2013, Canadian subscribers will have access to TV programs like The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, and Pretty Little Liars, along with movies like The Hangover Part II, Horrible Bosses, The Dark Knight Rises, etc. Similar to other Warner titles though, select premium movies will come with a delay, giving Pay TV partners the opportunity to cash in on viewership first.
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Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR): Redbox along with International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) have teamed up to sell tickets to a series of 2013 NASCAR motorsports events, which will begin at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in Fontana, CA. In October, Redbox launched event ticketing in Philadelphia, and it will now start to sell tickets at Redbox kiosks in the Los Angeles-area, beginning in January 2013.
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS), which is the world’s largest entertainment company, has begun to plan a $3 billion bond sale separated into four parts with its first offering beginning in over nine months. The owner of the ABC and ESPN networks could potentially sell $500 million of three-year securities as soon as today to yield 35 basis points more than similar-maturity Treasuries, $1 billion of five-year notes at a relative yield of 60 basis points, $1 billion of 10-year securities at an 80 basis-point spread, and $500 million of 30-year debt at 95, stated an individual who is familiar with the transaction.
Dish Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH): The FCC has come close to granting Dish Network permission to operate terrestrial networks offering wireless broadband services, but it may require certain restrictions that may not allow for optimal performance. This indicates that there continues to be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the manner in which Dish Network will use its acquired spectrum.
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