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LIVE: Netflix reports its Q4 earnings now (NFLX)

Thursday January 17 th 2019

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Netflix will report its Q4 earnings on Thursday after the market closes, just days after unleashing its biggest price hike ever, which increased its most popular plan from $11 per month to $13.

Wall Street is expecting results roughly in line with Netflix’s guidance.

But all eyes will be on Netflix’s subscriber growth this quarter, as well as its guidance for the next, as a sign of whether the price hike will hurt the streamer.

Netflix often swings wildly after earnings. But the stock has been on a tear since Christmas, rising 50%, so investors seem to be expecting good news already, which could dampen some of its rallying potential.

We will update this post as the numbers cross.

Here are the key numbers for Netflix’s Q4 earnings:

  • Q4 revenue: Wall Street estimates $4.21 billion and Netflix forecasts $4.20 billion.
  • Q4 earnings per share (GAAP): Wall Street estimates $0.24 and Netflix forecasts $0.23.
  • Q4 total subscriber growth (net additions): Wall Street estimates 9.2 million and Netflix forecasts 9.4 million. 
    • Q4 US subscriber growth (net additions): Wall Street estimates 1.83 million and Netflix forecasts 1.8 million.
    • Q4 international subscriber growth (net additions): Wall Street estimates 7.38 million and Netflix forecasts 7.6 million.
  • Q4 total paid subscriber growth (paid net additions): Wall Street estimates 7.6 million and Netflix forecasts 7.6 million.
  • Q1 total paid subscriber growth (estimated paid net additions): Wall Street estimates 8.5 million.

Porsche Financial Services and Mile Auto Offer Pay-Per-Mile Insurance

Wednesday January 16 th 2019

ATLANTA, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Porsche Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) and Mile Auto, Inc., a pay-per-mile auto insurance company, today announced an agreement to establish Porsche Auto Insurance, an innovative solution to meet the unique needs of Porsche drivers. The Porsche branded insurance product reinvents the traditional auto insurance model by limiting costs to the actual miles driven – through a secure digital application. 

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Porsche Auto Insurance customers will receive tailored rates, exceptional service, and full transparency on mileage data collection. Rather than relying on “black box” tracking devices or always-on smartphone apps, Mile Auto’s patented computer vision technology verifies the vehicle and the mileage from a photo sent from customers’ smartphones.

Pay-per-mile auto insurance is an attractive option for Porsche drivers who average less than 10,000 miles per year—about 50% of all Porsche drivers—enabling them to only pay for the miles they drive. The added layer of privacy aligns with the lifestyle preferences of many Porsche drivers.

“We know that many Porsche drivers exhibit low-mileage driving habits, making them a perfect fit for a pay-per-mile model with non-invasive technology,” said Ross Dupper, President and CEO of Porsche Financial Services, the dedicated provider of leasing and financing products for Porsche  in the United States.

Rates for Porsche Auto Insurance customers are calculated by combining a monthly base rate, determined using traditional insurance variables such as the customer’s vehicle type and driving history, plus a low per-mile rate.

“Where you go is your business, not your insurance company’s,” said Fred Blumer, CEO of Mile Auto. “We only track the miles you drive, not where you drive them, because we want you to enjoy driving your Porsche with peace of mind.”

Porsche Financial Services and Atlanta-based Mile Auto will launch their insurance solution as a pilot in Illinois and Oregon at the beginning of 2019.

About Mile Auto, Inc.
Mile Auto, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a pay-per-mile auto insurance company that uses patented computer vision technologies to help low-mileage drivers save money. Mile Auto customers use their smartphones to report mileage once a month, and then pay based on exact miles driven. The result is simple, transparent billing – pay for the miles you drive, not for the miles you don’t. 

About Porsche Financial Services, Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
Porsche Financial Services, Inc. (PFS), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the dedicated provider of leasing and financing products for Porsche in the United States.  Founded in 1991, PFS provides custom financial solutions and products to Porsche customers and dealers in the US. In 2012, PFS expanded its North America operations to become the captive finance provider for the exclusive brands of the VW Group which includes Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti. As an integrated premium financial services provider, every new product – whether it be a leasing offer or a service offer – contains the DNA of some of the world’s most exclusive vehicle manufacturers.

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My Patient Rights Reminds Californians of New Law Requiring Co-Prescribing of Overdose Reversal Drugs to Combat Opioid Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – My Patient Rights and the California Chronic Care Coalition are reminding Californians to make sure that they and their family members are aware of a new law that takes another step in addressing the opioid crisis. This law states that prescribers of pain-relieving opioids must also offer a prescription for the opioid-overdose reversal drug, naloxone, to high-risk patients. AB 2760 was passed overwhelmingly by the California Legislature and signed into law in September 2018 by Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

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Accidental opioid overdoses account for about 80 percent of all opioid emergencies and 83 percent of prescription opioid-related deaths are unintended or accidental. While anyone taking opioids is at potential risk for an overdose, there are certain high-level, at-risk groups that are susceptible, so being prepared with the overdose reversal drug, naloxone, in close proximity is essential.

This problem has become so acute that the U.S. Surgeon General issued its first advisory in 13 years recommending emergency treatments like naloxone – which is so important to saving lives – be available for consumer use.

“For patients with chronic illness, pain relieving opioids are a lifeline but the risk of an overdose increases the more you take to combat the pain,” said Liz Helms, president and CEO of the California Chronic Care Coalition. “Requiring naloxone to be offered at the same time as prescribing an opioid pain medication will go a long way in preventing accidental overdoses and needless deaths. And since many caregivers are family members, it is important to make them aware that this potentially life-saving emergency treatment will be more readily available when opioids are prescribed.”

There are many reasons for accidental opioid overdose emergencies and these emergencies can occur even when opioids are used as directed. Those at high risk for accidental opioid overdose include:

  • Those who take moderate to high doses of prescription opioids, usually over 90 morphine milligram equivalents a day
  • Those who consume certain other sedating medications or alcohol, particularly benzodiazepines
  • Those who have a history of substance abuse or previous overdose
  • Those who have children, other family, friends and loved ones who have access to unlocked or unsecured prescription opioids

In 2016, more than 214 million prescriptions were written and filled for opioids. With this many patients taking opioids for medical conditions and medical procedures, it’s important to have the discussion and prepare for potential overdoses.

“Naloxone is a tool that can immediately save lives. And I hope this new law will provide an opportunity for discussion of the potential for accidental opioid overdose and how to prevent it,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), author of AB 2760.

Anyone who uses opioids for pain control is at risk for an opioid overdose emergency. Now that naloxone co-prescription for high risk individuals is the law in California, make sure you and your families are prepared for the unexpected by talking about opioids, the potential for overdose even when used correctly, having naloxone with you, and recognizing the signs of overdose:

  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Slowed heartbeat and weak pulse
  • A loss of consciousness
  • Pale, blue or cold skin

Knowing the risks, recognizing the signs and having naloxone on-hand will go a long way in potentially saving a life from accidental opioid overdose.

About My Patient Rights and the California Chronic Care Coalition                               

My Patient Rights was launched by the California Chronic Care Coalition to help people who have been denied treatment or medicines, experienced delays or are dissatisfied with the decisions made by their health plan.

The California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) is a unique alliance of more than thirty leading consumer health organizations and provider groups that engage policy makers, industry leaders, providers and consumers to improve the health of Californians with chronic conditions. We envision a system of care that is accessible, affordable and of a high quality that emphasizes prevention, coordinated care and the patient’s wellness and longevity.

 

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Calling All Dogs! Nominations Open Today For The 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced the official start of the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® campaign, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis). The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash and will culminate this fall with the premiere of “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” on Hallmark Channel. The two-hour special, now in its ninth year, is broadcast in conjunction with the network’s pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After, which aims to empty the shelters and end this country’s epidemic of pet homelessness.

Beginning today, dog owners across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of seven categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at the Oct. 5 star-studded, red-carpet awards gala at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.

The seven categories for 2019 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare; Military Dogs, sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs, sponsored by Lulu’s Fund; Shelter Dogs; and Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs, both sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food. Following the nominations period, which ends on Feb. 28, 21 semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by celebrity judges and the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to seven category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2019 American Hero Dog.

Over the past eight years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than 1,000 dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Ariel Winter, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Dean Cain, James Denton, Beth Stern, Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.

“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards,” said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., American Humane’s president and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this campaign is our way of saluting our best friends.”

“For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us in times of need, and selflessly saved the lives of those around them,” said Lois Pope. “We need to recognize their extraordinary achievements and heroism, and I am pleased to serve once again for a ninth year as the platinum presenting sponsor for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. I wish all our remarkable nominees luck and look forward to reading their stories of valor and courage.”

“The remarkable connections between people and animals have been sources of strength, comfort, and healing, since time immemorial,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing. “As an organization dedicated to preserving and supporting those connections, we are proud to serve as the corporate sponsor of the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.”

“Hallmark Channel is proud to have the American Humane Hero Dog Awards serve as the focal point of our Adoption Ever After initiative,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. “Adoption Ever After is our on- and off-air advocacy and awareness initiative designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, shine a spotlight on the wonderful animals in shelters across the country, and promote adoption.”

Key dates for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:

Nominations for 2019 Hero Vet and Hero Vet Nurse Awards Also Open Today

And because behind every hero pet there is a hero veterinarian or veterinary nurse, the Hero Dog Awards once again will feature a second campaign – the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare. Starting today and running through Feb. 28, pet owners and animal lovers across America will be invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers in these two fields, with each to be honored at the Hero Dog Awards event on Oct. 5.  

More information about the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org. For more information about the 2019 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, please visit www.herovetawards.org. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing Mari Harner at marih@americanhumane.org  or by calling 1-800-227-4645.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org. To inquire about Hero Dog Awards sponsorship opportunities, please email Mari Harner at marih@americanhumane.org.

About Lois Pope, The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., and LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education)
As one of America’s leading philanthropists, Lois Pope has positively impacted the lives of individuals at the local, national and international levels.  She has established three separate organizations dedicated to helping those in need.  These organizations are the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE), and the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation.  For more than 20 years she has been the driving force behind the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, and a groundbreaking new program with American Humane in Palm Beach County. Lois Pope has recently donated several Lois Pope Rescue Vehicles. Each rescue vehicle is a 50-foot long response unit, complete with a Ford F-350 truck and trailer, which is specifically designed and outfitted to provide an array of animal emergency services and cruelty responses within the region. 

On Oct. 5, 2014, Mrs. Pope saw the completion of a decades-long dream – the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which was dedicated by President Obama in Washington DC.  It will stand in perpetuity as a reminder to the public and legislators of the courage and sacrifices of the four million-plus living disabled veterans and all those who died before them, as well as the need to be vigilant in assuring their support and understanding the human cost of war.  Through her advocacy, October 5 every year will serve as a National Day of Honor for disabled veterans.

A mother and a grandmother, Lois has trained for and completed five New York City Marathons.

About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes.  As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand.  In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores“; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home Family.”  Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise.  Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.”  Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.”

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com 
To visit the network website, please visit www.hallmarkchannel.com 
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About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2017, the company generated annual revenue of $5.3 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food
Chicken Soup for the Soul understands the unique relationship between people and pets. Health conscious consumers have been feeding their cats and dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul wholesome and balanced, super premium pet food for over 15 years. Holistic in nature, the entire line of products is made from only the finest ingredients: real meats, fruits, vegetables and herbs. With no added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food is inspired by your love for pets, and promotes overall health and well-being for dogs and cats.  The products are proudly made in the USA, and feature rescued shelter pets on every bag. Core and grain-free formulas and a line of treats are available in independent pet specialty stores nationwide and online.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl … Feed-a-Soulâ„¢ program. The program, which was launched in association with the American Humane, aims to provide over a million meals to shelter pets annually. www.chickensouppets.com.

About Lulu’s Fund
Lulu’s Fund, which is part of the Timothy T. Day Foundation, was founded in 2012. Named after the Day’s beloved pug Lulu, Lulu’s Fund continues the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting organizations in the animal rescue community throughout the United States. Organizations that receive support from Lulu’s Fund are primarily those that rescue abused, neglected and abandoned dogs. Their focus is to treat existing medical issues, provide spay and neuter services, place dogs in safe foster homes, and ultimately find forever homes for the animals. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.tdayfoundation.org.

 

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