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DISCOVERY HOLDING CO (DISCA)
Discovery Holding Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ascent Media Group, LLC, provides creative and network services to the media and entertainment industries. Its creative services include post-production services, such as screening; digital intermediates services; creative editorial; visual effects; assembly, formatting, and duplication; sound supervision, sound design, and sound editorial; music services; re-recording/mixing; negative developing and cutting; restoration, preservation, and asset protection of existing and damaged content; transferring film to analog video or digital media; professional duplication and standards conversion; DVD compression and authoring and menu design; storage of original elements and working masters; and syndicated television distribution services. The company's network services include network origination and master control; transport and connectivity; consulting; engineering and systems integration; and network operations, field service, and call center services. Ascent Media Group's customers include motion picture studios; independent producers; broadcast networks; programming networks; advertising agencies; and other companies that produce, own, and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial, and advertising content. In addition, the company holds 50% interest in Discovery Communications, Inc., which operates and manages a portfolio of channels; and provides original and purchased cable and satellite television programming in the United States and internationally. Discovery Communications also operates a chain of retail stores that offer technology, kids, lifestyle, health, science, and education-oriented products, as well as distributes digital-based educational products to schools and consumers in the United States. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Englewood, Colorado.
CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC (CRWN)
Crown Media Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of pay television channels in the United States. It primarily operates Hallmark Channel that provides entertainment programming for adults and families. The company offers a range of entertainment programs, including movies, miniseries, epics, historical dramas, romance, literary classics, and contemporary stories. Crown Media also distributes titles from its collection of movies, miniseries, and films for exhibition in television media that include broadcast, cable, video-on-demand, and high definition television. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Crown Media Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hallmark Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC (SJR)
Shaw Communications, Inc. provides cable television, Internet, and satellite services in Canada and the United States. It offers high-speed Internet access, digital phone, and Internet infrastructure services; and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite services. The company's digital phone services include local residential line and long distance calling. It also distributes digital video and audio programming services via DTH satellite to residences and commercial establishments. In addition, the company involves in redistributing television and radio signals via satellite to cable operators and other multichannel system operators; providing uplink and network management services for conventional, specialty, and pay broadcasters; and offering mobile tracking and messaging services to approximately 450 companies. As of August 31, 2005, it had approximately 1,168,063 Internet customers; 598,484 digital cable customers; 56,563 digital phone lines; and 844,662 DTH subscribers. Shaw Communications was incorporated in 1966 as Capital Cable Television Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Shaw Cablesystems, Ltd. in 1984. Later, it changed its name to Shaw Communications, Inc. in 1993. Shaw Communications is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
NET SERVICOS DE COMUNICACAO S.A (NETC)
Net Serviços de Comunicação S.A. principally provides pay-television services in Brazil. Its service offerings include cable television, pay-per-view programs, and broadband Internet services. As of December 31, 2004, it had approximately 1.4 million pay-television subscribers and 189,000 broadband Internet subscribers. Net Serviços, formerly known as Multicanal Participações S.A., was incorporated in 1994. It changed its name to Globo Cabo S.A. in 1998 and to Net Serviços de Comunicação S.A. in 2002. Net Serviços is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.
LIBERTY GLOBAL INC (LBTYA)
Liberty Global, Inc., through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides broadband distribution services and video programming services to subscribers principally in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company offers various broadband distribution services over its cable television systems, including analog video, digital video, Internet access, and telephony. In certain markets, it offers video services through direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television distribution. Further, Liberty Global owns programming networks that provide video programming channels to multichannel distribution systems owned by it and by third parties. It also represents programming networks owned by others. The company's programming networks distribute their services through various distribution technologies, primarily cable television and DTH. As of June 30, 2005, Liberty Global's networks reached approximately 23.5 million homes, as well as served approximately 10.7 million video subscribers, 2.5 million broadband Internet subscribers, and 1.7 million telephone subscribers. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado.
LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION (LCAPA)
Liberty Media Capital holds a stake in News Corporation which is an international media and entertainment company with operations in eight industry segments, including filmed entertainment, television, cable network programming, direct broadcast satellite television, magazines and inserts, newspapers, book publishing and other. Liberty Media Capital is based in Englewood, Colorado.
BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING GROUP PLC (BSY)
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides pay television broadcasting services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It provides television broadcasting services and other ancillary functions to retail and wholesale customers. The company broadcasts primarily sports, movies, entertainment, and news programs. It owns and operates 28 channels, including Sky One, Sky News, Sky Travel, the Sky Sports channels, and the Sky Movies channels, as well as retails 109 third party channels to direct-to-home (DTH) viewers. The company also operates the Sky Box Office service, which provides pay-per-view services covering movies, sporting events, and concerts. It provides subscribers with a range of programming options, which are used in generating and maintaining subscriptions to its channels. The company also provides an interactive television platform for the development and delivery of interactive services. Its platform is used to deliver the interactive services, including retail, betting, customer services, and games to third parties. In addition, the company distributes programming services directly to DTH subscribers through its packages. British Sky Broadcasting Group was incorporated in 1988 and is based in Isleworth, England.
LODGENET ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION (LNET)
LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation provides interactive television systems and broadband services to hotels, including resort and casino hotels, throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in certain international markets. These services include on-demand movies, music, and music videos; Internet on television; and television on-demand programming. It also offers satellite-delivered basic and premium television programming. In addition, the company sells system equipment and provides contracted services, such as Internet equipment maintenance and customer support to hotels. As of March 31, 2005, the company provided television services to approximately 6,000 hotel properties serving approximately one million rooms. The company provides its services to various hotel chains, ownership groups, and management companies. LodgeNet was founded in 1980 as satellite Movie Company and changed its name to LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation in 1991. The company is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC (CHTR)
Charter Communications, Inc. provides broadband services in the United States. The company, through its broadband network of coaxial and fiber optic cable, offers cable video programming, high-speed cable Internet access, and broadband cable services, as well as provides telephone services. Its video service offerings include analog video, expanded basic video, premium channels, pay-per-view., digital video, video on demand and subscription video on demand, and digital video recorder service. The company offers high-speed data services to residential and commercial customers primarily via cable modems attached to personal computers, as well as through dial-up Internet access. Charter Communications deploys voice communications services using voice over Internet protocol to transmit digital voice signals over its systems. As of December 31, 2004, it served approximately 5.99 million analog video customers; approximately 1.88 million high-speed data customers; and provided telephony service to approximately 45,400 customers. The company was organized in 1999 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
NDS Group plc provides digital technology and services to digital pay television platform operators and content providers worldwide. Its technologies include conditional access and microprocessor security, broadcast stream management, set-top box middleware, program guides, personal video recorder technologies, and interactive applications to pay-television platform operators and their content providers. The company also provides pay-television solutions to set-top box manufacturers and suppliers. It supports various delivery methods, including satellite, cable, terrestrial, fixed telecom networks, and mobile telecom networks. NDS Group primarily operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in West Drayton, the United Kingdom. NDS Group plc is a subsidiary of News Corporation.
CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION (CVC)
Cablevision Systems Corporation, through its subsidiary, operates as a media, entertainment, and telecommunications company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Telecommunications Services; Rainbow; Madison Square Garden; and Rainbow DBS. The Telecommunications Services segment includes cable television business, including basic cable, interactive digital cable, high-speed data, voice over Internet protocol, residential telephone services operations, and the operations of the commercial telephone and high-speed data services. The Rainbow segment consists principally of interests in national and regional cable television programming networks. The Madison Square Garden segment owns and operates professional sports teams, regional cable television networks, and an entertainment business. The Rainbow DBS segment consists of direct broadcast satellite service and the 21 high definition channels. Cablevision Systems was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Bethpage, New York.
TiVo, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides technology and services for digital video recorders (DVRs). The company offers a subscription-based television service that enables consumers to record, watch, and control television. This service also offers the television industry a platform for advertisers, content delivery, and audience research. It distributes DVRs to retailers and sells directly to consumers through it Web site. TiVo was co-founded by Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton in 1997. The company headquartered in Alviso, California.
Virgin Media, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides television, broadband, fixed line telephone, and mobile telephone services in the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Cable, Mobile, and Content. Cable segment distributes television programming over its cable network; and provides broadband and fixed line telephone services to consumers, businesses, and public sector organizations. Mobile segment provides mobile telephone services under the name Virgin Mobile' to consumers over cellular networks owned by T-Mobile. Content segment engages in the operation of television channels, including LivingTV and Bravo, and sit-up's portfolio of retail television channels. This segment also has interest in the UKTV television channels, through its joint venture with BBC Worldwide. The company was founded in 1993. It was formerly known as NTL Incorporated and changed its name to Virgin Media, Inc. in February 2007. The company is based in New York, New York.
COMCAST CORPORATION (CMCSA)
Comcast Corporation engages in the development, management, and operation of broadband cable networks, as well as provision of programming content in the United States. The company operates in two segments Cable and Content. The Cable segment develops, manages, and operates broadband communications networks, including video, Internet, and phone services, and regional sports and news networks. The Content segment offers various video services, which includes programming provided by national television networks, local broadcast television stations, limited satellite-delivered programming, and locally-originated programming, including governmental and public access. It also offers feature motion pictures, live and taped sporting events, concerts, and other special features. In addition, the Content segment provides other services, such as digital cable, video on demand, high-definition television, and digital video recorder (DVR) services, which enables digital subscribers to select, record, and store programs and play them. Its DVR service also provides the ability to pause and rewind live television. The company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4techTV, International Channel Networks, TV One, and four Comcast SportsNets. In addition, the company performs live sporting events; own or manage facilities for sporting events, concerts, and other special events; and offers Internet protocol enabled phone service in Maryland and northern Virginia. Comcast Corporation is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Time Warner Cable Inc. owns and manages cable television operations, as well as develops and provides video, data, and voice services to residential and commercial customers in the United States. The company offers high-speed data services; IP-based telephony services; and a range of analog and digital video services, such as video-on-demand, high definition television, and set-top boxes equipped with digital video recorders. As of March 31, 2007, it served approximately 26 million U.S. homes, and approximately 14.6 million customers primarily located in New York, the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California, and Texas. The company is based in New York, New York. Time Warner Cable Inc. is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.
MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (MCCC)
Mediacom Communications Corporation engages in the acquisition and development of cable systems, serving smaller cities and towns in the United States. Through its interactive broadband network, the company provides its customers an array of products and services, including analog and digital video services; advanced video services, such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, and digital video recorders; and high-speed Internet access or cable modem service. Mediacom, through its cable systems, offers entertainment, information, and telecommunications services to its subscribers. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated cable systems in 23 states, principally in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Dakota. Mediacom was founded by Rocco B. Commisso in 1995 and is based in Middletown, New York.