SEC Filings

10-Q
TIME WARNER INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/26/2017
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TIME WARNER INC.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION – (Continued)

 

properties. Turner’s programming is available to subscribers of affiliates for viewing live and on demand on television and various internet-connected devices on services provided by affiliates and on Turner’s digital properties. Turner is also pursuing direct-to-consumer distribution options for its programming and networks. For example, in November 2016, Turner launched its first domestic SVOD service, FilmStruck, aimed at arthouse film enthusiasts. In addition, in April 2017, Turner and Warner Bros. launched a new domestic SVOD service under the Boomerang brand that offers new original animated series and kids programming from Warner Bros.’ and Turner’s animation libraries.

Home Box Office.  The Home Box Office segment consists of businesses managed by Home Box Office, Inc. (“Home Box Office”). During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Home Box Office segment recorded Revenues of $4.649 billion (21% of the Company’s total Revenues) and Operating Income of $1.666 billion.

Home Box Office operates the HBO and Cinemax multichannel premium pay television services, with the HBO service ranking as the most widely distributed multichannel premium pay television service. HBO and Cinemax programming is available in the U.S. to subscribers of affiliates for viewing live and on demand on television and on various internet-connected devices on services provided through affiliates and on Home Box Office’s digital properties. In addition, Home Box Office offers HBO NOW, a domestic stand-alone OTT service available through digital distributors and some affiliates on a variety of internet-connected devices. Home Box Office also has entered into arrangements with a number of digital distributors to provide their subscribers access to HBO and Cinemax services and programming on a variety of digital platforms and devices. HBO- and Cinemax-branded premium pay, basic tier television and OTT services are distributed in over 60 countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

In the U.S., Home Box Office generates revenues principally from licensing programming to affiliates and digital distributors that have contracted to receive and distribute such programming to their customers who subscribe to the HBO or Cinemax services. Home Box Office’s agreements with its domestic affiliates are typically long-term arrangements that provide for annual fee increases and marketing support. The relationship between subscriber totals and the amount of revenues earned under Home Box Office affiliate agreements depends on the specific terms of the applicable agreement, which may include basic and/or pay television subscriber thresholds, volume discounts and other performance-based discounts. Marketing and promotional activities intended to retain existing subscribers and acquire new subscribers may also impact revenue earned. Internationally, Home Box Office generates subscription revenues by licensing programming to international affiliates that have contracted to receive and distribute such programming to their customers. In some countries, Home Box Office also generates subscription revenues from OTT services that are distributed to consumers either directly or through third parties. Additional sources of revenues for Home Box Office are the licensing of its original programming, including Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies and VEEP, and the home entertainment sales of its original programming via physical and digital formats.

Warner Bros.  The Warner Bros. segment consists of businesses managed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) that principally produce and distribute television shows, feature films and videogames. Warner Bros.’ television, film and videogame businesses benefit from a shared infrastructure, including shared production, distribution, marketing and administrative functions and resources. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Warner Bros. segment recorded Revenues of $9.813 billion (40% of the Company’s total Revenues) and Operating Income of $1.249 billion.

Warner Bros. is a leader in television production and distribution. Warner Bros. generates television product revenues principally from the licensing of programs to broadcast and cable television networks and premium pay television and OTT services. For the 2017/2018 season, Warner Bros. is producing over 70 original series in the U.S., including (i) at least three series for each of the five broadcast networks (including Arrow, The Bachelor, The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, iZombie, Lethal Weapon, Little Big Shots, Lucifer, The Middle, Mom, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, The Voice and Young Sheldon), (ii) series for basic cable networks (including Animal Kingdom, Claws, People of Earth and Queen Sugar), (iii) series for premium pay television services (including Shameless and Westworld), (iv) series for SVOD services (including Castle Rock, Disjointed, Fuller House and Longmire), (v) series for first-run syndication (including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, The Real and TMZ) and (vi) animated series for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim and third party networks (including New Looney Tunes and Teen Titans Go!). Warner Bros. also licenses the rights to many of its U.S. original television series in international territories. Outside the U.S., Warner Bros. has a global network of production companies in many countries, which allows Warner Bros. to develop programming specifically tailored for the audiences in these territories. These local production companies also focus on developing non-scripted programs and formats that can be adapted and sold internationally and in the U.S.

 

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