What financial reports reveal about entertainment

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 15:46 hrs


April 12: Coinstar Inc. raises its first-quarter and full-year revenue guidance on the popularity of its Redbox movie business. Coinstar says recent price hikes didn't dampen movie rentals during the period as much as it thought they might. And consumer demand jumped on the popularity of movies such as "Moneyball" and "Puss and Boots."

April 23: Netflix Inc. says it added 1.7 million Internet video subscribers in the U.S. and 1.2 million elsewhere to end the quarter with 26.5 million. The company says it lost 1.1 million DVD customers to end with 10.1 million. Netflix says about 7 million of the DVD customers also subscribe to the streaming service. Although Netflix's comeback from a customer backlash accelerated during the first quarter, skittish investors keyed on a second-quarter forecast that calls for a slowdown in subscriber growth during the spring and early summer.

April 26: Coinstar Inc.'s first-quarter earnings soared as its Redbox kiosks proved there is still plenty of money to be made renting low-priced DVDs while Netflix and other services focus on streaming video. Revenue climbed 34 percent. Most of the gains flowed from the nearly 37,000 Redbox kiosks that Coinstar has set up in stores to dispense DVDs for $1.20 per month. Redbox has been picking up more customers since Netflix' raised its prices by as much as 60 percent last summer.

April 27: Big-screen theater technology company Imax Corp. reports a first-quarter net income, reversing a loss, as its theater network expanded and audiences showed up in big numbers for movies such as "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol" and "The Hunger Games."

Coming up:

Tuesday: CBS Corp., Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Wednesday: Time Warner Inc., Comcast Corp., DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

Thursday: Viacom Inc.

May 8: The Walt Disney Co.

May 10: Sony Corp.

Not yet known: News Corp., Warner Music Group Corp., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

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