Highlights from our Latest Newsletter

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Highlights from our Latest Newsletter:

  • Centris to Present “Optimal Window Sequencing” at the International Institute of Forecasters’ 35th Annual International Symposium on Forecasting
  • Next Thursday, Centris is Sponsoring the 2015 Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) Annual Conference
  • Any Port in a Storm: How Consumers Get Their Weather

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Comcast Confirms That Its Merger With Time Warner Cable Is Dead

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Comcast has dropped its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that the deal was unraveling, following signs of opposition from the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission. (Senator Al Franken actually wrote a post for TechCrunch earlier this week outlining his opposition to the deal.)

In a statement posted this morning, Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts confirmed the news:

Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away.

Comcast NBCUniversal is a unique company with strong momentum. Throughout this entire process, our employees have kept their eye on the ball and we have had fantastic operating results. I want to thank them and the employees of Time Warner Cable for their tireless efforts.

I couldn’t be more proud…

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CENTRIS TO PRESENT “OPTIMAL WINDOW SEQUENCING”

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JUST RELEASED:  Centris Senior Vice President of Advanced Analytics, Dr. Andy Banerjee, will be presenting a paper titled “Econometric Analysis of the Optimal Window Sequencing of Motion Picture Releases” at the International Institute of Forecasters’ 35th Annual International Symposium on Forecasting.  This is the first paper of its kind to be presented at such a forum.

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HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates

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Originally posted on BGR:

Long gone are the days when HBO seemingly paid little mind to piracy. Following the leak of the first four episodes of season 5 of Game of Thrones, TorrentFreak is reporting that HBO is now dead serious about thwarting individuals from illegally downloading the world’s most pirated show.

Specifically, HBO is now putting individual pirates on notice. HBO has already issued “thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked Game of Thrones episodes.” The warning messages, naturally, are being relayed through each individual user’s ISP.

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Does Verizon Really Have a Deal With ESPN for Pay TV?

Originally posted on 24/7 Wall St.:

TV sportsSometimes if something seems too good to be true, it is, in fact, too good to be true. That may be the case with the new pay-TV bundling program that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) announced last Friday and that the company had planned to begin selling this past weekend.

The problem is that Verizon apparently did not have an agreement in place with Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) to offer ESPN as an unbundled service to the wireless carrier’s FiOS customers. Here is a statement from ESPN cited at Re/code:

Media reports about Verizon’s new contemplated bundles describe packages that would not be authorized by our existing agreements. Among other issues, our contracts clearly provide that neither ESPN nor ESPN2 may be distributed in a separate sports package.

The Verizon announcement implied that the company had finally persuaded content providers like Disney/ESPN to allow carriers like Verizon to offer customers…

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