Some interesting things I saw in the Disney 10-Q. A lot of cricket, looks like the "Media Networks" got a better deal on transfer pricing than it used to have with "Home Entertainment" and programming and restructuring cost less at A&E/Lifetime.
ESPN STAR Sports, a joint venture in which ESPN owns a 50% equity interest, has an agreement for global programming rights to International Cricket Council events from 2007 through 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, ESPN and the other joint-venture partner have jointly guaranteed the programming rights obligation of approximately $0.7 billion over the remaining term of the agreement.
The decrease in home entertainment revenue reflected an 8% decrease due to lower unit sales, partially offset by a 4% increase due to higher net effective pricing driven by increased sales in Blu-ray format. Net effective pricing is the wholesale selling price adjusted for discounts, sales incentives and returns. The decreased unit sales in the current quarter reflected the strong prior-year performance of Toy Story 1 & 2 and the animated version of Alice in Wonderland domestically and Up internationally. Additionally, there was an 8% decrease due to the impact of a change in the transfer pricing arrangement between Studio Entertainment and Media Networks for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product (see Note 2 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements).
At home entertainment, 6% revenue growth due to higher unit sales and 3% growth due to higher net effective pricing were more than offset by a decrease due to the change in the transfer pricing arrangement between Studio Entertainment and Media Networks for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product. Higher unit sales in the current period were driven by the strong international performance of Toy Story 3 compared to Up in the prior-year period as well as increased catalog sales.
Equity in the Income of Investees
Income from equity investees was $279 million for the current six month period compared to $242 million in the prior-year six month period. Higher income from equity investees was driven by higher affiliate and advertising revenue and lower programming and restructuring costs at A&E/Lifetime, partially offset by higher programming costs for the Cricket World Cup at our ESPN Star Sports joint venture.
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