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Three Stocks Advancing the Streaming Media Sector

The pandemic will never end in some respects. It will never end in terms of its revolutionary impact on the format of healthcare, for example. Telehealth deregulation won’t be revoked, which reshapes the sector. It will also never end in terms of the…

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The pandemic will never end in some respects. It will never end in terms of its revolutionary impact on the format of healthcare, for example. Telehealth deregulation won’t be revoked, which reshapes the sector. It will also never end in terms of the third and fourth tier adoption of e-commerce that has arisen – people who never had accepted the notion of shopping online but were exposed, out of necessity, during the pandemic, and are now fully aware of the convenience. It will also never end in terms of the adoption of streaming entertainment services. The streaming play is here to stay. And the numbers have only upside ahead because most of the world’s population is still unharvested fruit for this space. For investors focused on evergreen secular investment themes, the streaming media thesis is ripe for the picking as consolidation, new market expansion, new demographic adoption, and innovative modeling all accelerate with the infusion of capital chasing this growth curve. This has big implications for stocks in the streaming media space, including Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU), Loop Media Inc (OTC US:LPTV), Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS), Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX), Curiositystream Inc (NASDAQ:CURI), and Fubotv Inc (NYSE:FUBO). We take a closer look at some of the more interesting catalysts in play in the space below. Curiositystream Inc (NASDAQ:CURI) bills itself as a media and entertainment company that reaches approximately 20 million paying subscribers worldwide and is home to award-winning original and curated factual films, shows and series covering science, nature, history, technology, society and lifestyle. CURI operates Curiosity Stream, the largest independent streaming service, available in more than 175 countries worldwide; Curiosity Channel, the linear television channel available via global distribution partners; and Curiosity Studios, which oversees original programming. Curiositystream Inc (NASDAQ:CURI) recently announced, along with Fubotv Inc (NYSE:FUBO), a multi-year distribution partnership. Through the agreement, the linear channel, Curiosity Channel, will launch today for fuboTV viewers in the U.S., and the Curiosity Stream VOD service will roll out for viewers in both the US and Canada in the coming weeks. “We are delighted to be part of the fuboTV family and contribute to their customer-centric OTT streaming service,” said Brandon Fong, Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Distribution for Curiosity Stream. “As the leading factual entertainment service, Curiosity is well positioned to amplify fuboTV’s value proposition to cord cutters and consumers who want to know more about the world around them.” The context for this announcement is a bit of a bid, with shares acting well over the past five days, up about 4% in that timeframe. Shares of the stock have powered higher over the past month, rallying roughly 8% in that time on strong overall action. Curiositystream Inc (NASDAQ:CURI) had no reported sales in its last quarterly financial data. That said, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash levels exceeding current liabilities ($106.2M against $38M). Loop Media Inc (OTC US:LPTV) is one of the most interesting small-cap players in the streaming media space due to its innovative model and top-tier partnerships. The company bills itself as the only competitor in the U.S. licensed to stream music videos directly to consumers and venues out of home through its proprietary Loop Player for businesses and interactive mobile and TV apps for consumers. LPTV’s content reaches thousands of out-of-home (OOH) locations including hotels, bars/restaurants, office buildings, and retail businesses, as well as millions of consumers in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America through its apps for iOS, Android, and Huawei, as well as connected TVs and Smart TVs. To date, these include Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AT&T TV, Hisense, JVC, LG, Philips, Roku, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, VIZIO, and free ad-supported TV platforms TIVO+, Plex, DistroTV, and GSTV. Loop Media Inc (OTC US:LPTV) most recently announced a significant expansion of its existing partnership with Roku, Inc.  Loop will bring its fully-dedicated The Wiggles Channel exclusively, initially to Roku® beginning August 19th. Now, through Loop Media, The Roku Channel will be the home for 24/7 availability of one of the world’s most popular children’s entertainment groups. Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home for free entertainment on America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform based on hours streamed (Hypothesis Group, April 2021). This follows the company’s recent partnership announcement to bring several customized Loop Media music video channels to Roku customers. The Wiggles are one of the most successful global children’s franchises of all time. For the past thirty years, The Wiggles have educated, entertained, and enriched the lives of millions of pre-schoolers (and their parents) all over the globe. Today, generations of fans that grew up watching are sharing their love of The Wiggles with their own children. Loop’s dedicated streaming and broadcast channel for The Wiggles, first available on Roku, will initially air content from the original Wiggles, featuring Greg, Anthony, Murray and Jeff. It will include series such as “Wiggle TV” and “The Wiggles Show,” as well as specials such as “Wiggle Time!”, “Yummy, Yummy” and “Baby Antonio’s Circus.” “The Wiggles brand has established itself as a global powerhouse for decades in the children’s world, delighting kids and parents alike through song and dance,” said Ashley Hovey, Director, The Roku Channel AVOD. “We are thrilled to bring this family-friendly, sought-after content to the millions of engaged users on The Roku Channel just in time for Kids & Family’s second anniversary. It’s a great way to celebrate this milestone!” Loop Media Inc (OTC US:LPTV) CEO Jon Niermann also noted, “Roku has been a fantastic partner to Loop Media for our streaming music video channels, so we are pleased that they are our inaugural partner for this channel launch. The Wiggles Channel is something that we are very excited about and grateful to have the opportunity to produce and distribute. This is another fantastic, curated revenue-generating channel for Loop Media, and is one that will entertain kids and families globally like few other kids branded channels can.” Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) is one of the most well-known large-cap entertainment players in the market. It’s also a major piece of the streaming media puzzle, with its new Disney Plus platform and its Hulu business. The company operates through multiple segments, including Media Networks, Parks, Experiences and Products, Studio Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI). Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) recently announced the first-ever World Princess Week, a special global event that kicks off Aug. 23, celebrating the courage and kindness exemplified by Disney Princess heroes and aimed to inspire fans around the world to display the same attributes in their daily lives. As part of the year-long Ultimate Princess Celebration, World Princess Week will offer fans new products, digital content, a Disney Princess Hotline presented by shopDisney, unique offerings at Disney Parks and Resorts, a Disney Channel special, retail activations and more. “More than ever, the world needs strong examples of courage and kindness – characteristics exemplified by Disney Princess heroes and Frozen queens,” said Stephanie Young, president, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing. “Through all of our products and experiences, we are beyond thrilled to bring this celebration to fans and families across the globe and, in the process, help inspire people the world over to have the courage to be kind.” The context for this announcement is a bit of a bid, with shares acting well over the past five days, up about 2% in that timeframe. DIS shares have been relatively flat over the past month of action, with very little net movement during that period. Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) managed to rope in revenues totaling $17B in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 45.2%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($16.1B against $27.4B, respectively). Please make sure to read and completely understand our disclaimer at https://www.wallstreetpr.com/disclaimer. We may be compensated for posting this content on our website by EDM Media LLC. For questions, comments or suggestions please contact ir@edm.media. The post These Stocks Could Define the Secular Streaming Media Boom (ROKU, LPTV, DIS, NFLX, CURI, FUBO) appeared first on Wall Street PR.

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Huge Dock Worker Protests In Italy, Fears Of Disruption, As Covid ‘Green Pass’ Takes Effect

Huge Dock Worker Protests In Italy, Fears Of Disruption, As Covid ‘Green Pass’ Takes Effect

Following Israel across the Mediterranean being the first country in the world to implement an internal Covid passport allowing only vaccinated citize

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Huge Dock Worker Protests In Italy, Fears Of Disruption, As Covid 'Green Pass' Takes Effect

Following Israel across the Mediterranean being the first country in the world to implement an internal Covid passport allowing only vaccinated citizens to engage in all public activity, Italy on Friday implemented its own 'Green Pass' in the strictest and first such move for Europe

The fully mandatory for every Italian citizen health pass "allows" entry into work spaces or activities like going to restaurants and bars, based on one of the following three conditions that must be met: 

  • proof of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

  • or proof of recent recovery from an infection

  • or a negative test within the past 48 hours

Via AFP

It's already being recognized in multiple media reports as among "the world's strictest anti-COVID measures" for workers. First approved by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's cabinet a month ago, it has now become mandatory on Oct.15.

Protests have been quick to pop up across various parts of the country, particularly as workers who don't comply can be fined 1,500 euros ($1,760); and alternately workers can be forced to take unpaid leave for refusing the jab. CNN notes that it triggered "protests at key ports and fears of disruption" on Friday, detailing further:

The largest demonstrations were at the major northeastern port of Trieste, where labor groups had threatened to block operations and around 6,000 protesters, some chanting and carrying flares, gathered outside the gates.

    Around 40% of Trieste's port workers are not vaccinated, said Stefano Puzzer, a local trade union official, a far higher proportion than in the general Italian population.

    Workers at the large port of Trieste have effectively blocked access to the key transport hub...

    As The Hill notes, anyone wishing to travel to Italy anytime soon will have to obtain the green pass: "The pass is already required in Italy for both tourists and nationals to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, as well as to board trains, buses and domestic flights."

    The prime minister had earlier promoted the pass as a way to ensure no more lockdowns in already hard hit Italy, which has had an estimated 130,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

    Meanwhile, the requirement of what's essentially a domestic Covid passport is practically catching on in other parts of Europe as well, with it already being required to enter certain hospitality settings in German and Greece, for example. Some towns in Germany have reportedly begun requiring vaccination proof just to enter stores. So likely the Italy model will soon be enacted in Western Europe as well.

    Tyler Durden Sat, 10/16/2021 - 07:35

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    4 In 10 TSA Employees Remain Unvaccinated As Deadline Looms

    4 In 10 TSA Employees Remain Unvaccinated As Deadline Looms

    While we wait to see what remains of the US army after hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated troops are told to pack up for not complying with Biden’s executive order (and whether…

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    4 In 10 TSA Employees Remain Unvaccinated As Deadline Looms

    While we wait to see what remains of the US army after hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated troops are told to pack up for not complying with Biden's executive order (and whether that's the moment China will decided to attack), we wonder if soon nobody will be able to fly as a few weeks from now the Transportation Security Administration may simply cease to exist.

    According to CNN, the TSA says 4-in-10 members of its workforce, including screeners, remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 just weeks ahead of a looming deadline. The deadline for civilian federal government workers to be fully vaccinated is November 22 - the Monday before Thanksgiving, which just happens to be the busiest travel time of the year.

    "We have about 60% of our workforce has been vaccinated, that that number needs to go quite a bit higher over the next few weeks," TSA Administrator David Pekoske told CNN.

    The November 22 deadline for being fully vaccinated is still six weeks away, but the deadlines for receiving the vaccines are rapidly approaching or, in the case of the Moderna vaccine, have already passed, since an individual has to receive the full schedule of doses and wait two weeks before being considered fully vaccinated.

    In order to meet that deadline, the last possible date for receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is October 18, while the latest possible date for the first dose of Moderna was October 11. According to CNN, the Pfizer vaccine requires a three-week waiting period in between first and second doses. Moderna requires a four-week wait. The last possible date to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is November 8, two weeks before the November 22 deadline.

    Pekoske said he is "very hopeful" that the agency's employees can meet the deadline and that there will not be worker shortages, however in light of mandatory requirements that clearly will not happen.

    "We are building contingency plans, for if we do have some staffing shortages as a result of this, but I hope to avoid that," he said.

    It wasn't clear what, if any, these contingency plans are.

    Tyler Durden Fri, 10/15/2021 - 18:50

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    “Expert” Calls For Denying Life-Saving Hospital Treatment To The Unvaccinated

    "Expert" Calls For Denying Life-Saving Hospital Treatment To The Unvaccinated

    Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

    An “expert” whose work on cybersecurity has been cited by the NY Times and the Washington Post announced on…

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    "Expert" Calls For Denying Life-Saving Hospital Treatment To The Unvaccinated

    Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

    An “expert” whose work on cybersecurity has been cited by the NY Times and the Washington Post announced on Twitter that the unvaccinated should be denied life-saving hospital treatment because they are “not fit for life on earth.”

    Chris Vickery, who describes himself as a “data breach hunter” also brags about how his “findings have contributed to investigations conducted by the FTC, FBI, SEC, Secret Service, HHS, SSCI, and more.”

    During an unhinged Twitter rant, Vickery asserted that a time limit of December 1st should be put on people refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “Set a date now. After that date, no hospital services for the willingly unvaccinated,” he screeched.

    “Then, after the chosen date, anyone choosing to refuse the covid-19 vaccine can deal with the consequences of that choice alone,” added Vickery.

    After claiming there was no “legitimate” reason for anyone to refuse the shot, Vickery ended his rant with a demented call for such people to “separate from the surviving world.”

    “Human society isn’t a suicide pact. If you are too dumb to get the covid vaccine, then you are not fit for continued life on Earth.”

    “That’s your choice, but the consequences of refusing to get the vaccine is you having to wave a fond farewell and separate from the surviving world.”

    Some joked that this was yet another example of the familiar trend of blue checkmarks on Twitter aggressively displaying their virtue while actually calling for mass genocide.

    Others directly savaged Vickery for his heartless inhumanity.

    “When you were a child, did you ever envisage what a terrible person you would be in adulthood?” asked one.

    “So much for “healthcare is a human right,” quipped another.

    Vickery later bragged about the number of people he had blocked on Twitter in the aftermath of his comments.

    How brave of him.

    As we previously highlighted, numerous hospitals across America are already denying life-saving organ transplants to unvaccinated patients.

    Meanwhile, in the UK, patients deemed to be “racist,” “sexist” or “homophobic” can also be denied treatment under NHS rules.

    As we document in the video below, similar rhetoric is being spewed by Keith Olbermann and others who are intent on whipping up ‘New Normal’ cult members into a frenzied, hysterical hatefest targeting those who choose not to take the jab.

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    Tyler Durden Fri, 10/15/2021 - 15:43

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