Viacom

  • No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    On Lending Club’s February 2015 quarterly earnings call, an analyst asked CEO Renaud Laplanche a simple question: have you considered getting the loans you’re issuing rated? Renaud had a simple answer: We have, but we won’t. As Renaud said, the marketplace lending platform’s loan grading system, which it illustrates on its website, is in many ways more transparent and… Read More

  • One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    This week HBO finally announced the arrival of HBO Now, a streaming over-the-top access pass to HBO content for $14.99 a month. It will debut exclusively on the Apple TV for a three-month period (the first of which will be free to new users) and then expand to other platforms. And after years of anticipation, debate and scrutiny, the process of unbundling the cable package has finally begun in… Read More

  • Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring

    Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring

    Kids’ TV network Nickelodeon will soon take its shows directly to consumers with the launch of a subscription streaming service in March, according to comments made by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman on the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The move to bring the children’s programming directly to consumers – outside of top streaming players like Netflix, Amazon or… Read More

  • Comedy Central Launches Stand-Up App So You Can Watch All Your Favorite Comedians And Discover New Ones

    Comedy Central Launches Stand-Up App So You Can Watch All Your Favorite Comedians And Discover New Ones

    Comedy Central has released a standalone app for watching and discovering awesome stand-up comedians. The app, called CC:Standup, has more than 6,000 videos from 700 comedians. That will allow stand-up fans not just to find hilarious clips from their favorite comedians, but to find others that they might not have known about. Read More

  • Twitter Reportedly In Talks With Viacom And NBCUniversal For Content-Sharing Deal

    Twitter Reportedly In Talks With Viacom And NBCUniversal For Content-Sharing Deal

    Twitter is nearing an agreement with Viacom to host TV clips and sell advertising on the site, reports Bloomberg. It is also reportedly discussing a content partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and one or more of the deals could be reached by mid-May. Read More

  • Strange Bedfellows: Google, Paramount Ink Deal For New Digital Movie Rentals

    Strange Bedfellows: Google, Paramount Ink Deal For New Digital Movie Rentals

    Good news, Godfather fans — Google has just recently announced on their official YouTube blog that they’ve inked a licensing deal with Viacom-owned Paramount to bring some 500 new titles to YouTube and the Google Play store over the coming weeks. Google first started toying with the notion of movie rentals via YouTube in early 2010, and their rental catalog has since swelled… Read More

  • Xfire To Fly Solo Again, Raises $4 Million From Intel Capital

    Xfire To Fly Solo Again, Raises $4 Million From Intel Capital

    Exclusive – Xfire, which operates a social service used by 19 million gamers, has raised $4 million in fresh funding from Intel Capital and unnamed angel investors. As a result of the capital injection, Xfire is severing the ties with Titan Gaming, the company that acquired them from Viacom a little over a year ago. Both Xfire and Titan will henceforth operate independently from one another. Read More

  • The Daily Show And Colbert Report Return To Hulu Via New Viacom Content Partnership

    Hulu has just struck a content partnership with Viacom to return “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” to the content platform. The deal also includes other TV Shows from Viacom’s media networks, including Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, Spike TV, and TV Land to the Hulu Plus subscription service. Viacom had previously pulled the two… Read More

  • Exclusive: Titan Gaming Takes Xfire Off Viacom's Hands

    Xfire, the social network for gamers that was acquired by Viacom for $102 million back in 2006, has a new owner. The buyer is Titan Gaming, a small company that raised a mere $1 million in angel funding to date, so we’re making an educated guess here and going to assume that it was sold for a song compared to the price Viacom paid a couple of years ago. In a message posted on the… Read More

  • Google Spent $100 Million Defending Against Viacom's $1 Billion Lawsuit

    How much did Google spend to fend off Viacom’s $1 billion copyright lawsuit? On today’s earnings call, CFO Patrick Pichette revealed that Google’s legal bills for the case amounted to $100 million, and that was before it went to trial. The legal bill could have ended up being many times that amount, but last month the judge threw out the case, and Google declared victory. … Read More

  • Judge Throws Out Viacom Case Against YouTube (Court Document)

    Judge Throws Out Viacom Case Against YouTube (Court Document)

    The long-standing, $1 billion copyright infringement case against YouTube by Viacom is now pretty much over. The judge incredibly threw out the case in a summary judgement (his final order is embedded below) and YouTube has declared victory. Viacom first filed its lawsuit in 2007. And plenty of juicy tidbits have come out over the years from unsealed documents. An appeal is pretty much… Read More

  • Viacom Seems To Be Misrepresenting YouTube Founder's Call To "Steal It!"

    We’re still going through these recently released YouTube/Viacom litigation documents, and it’s becoming clear that we can’t take everything that’s being said by either party at face value (as if we didn’t know that already). We’ve come across a good example. In Viacom’s document Statement of Undisputed Facts, it presented the following seemingly… Read More

  • YouTube Defense: Viacom "Secretly Uploaded" Content, And They Tried To Buy Us

    Earlier today, several previously sealed legal documents in the longstanding copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube by Viacom were made public. In conjunction with the public release of those documents, YouTube’s chief counsel Zahavah Levine wrote a blog post which reads more like a summary of a legal brief. In it, Levine outlines YouTube’s main defense against… Read More

  • Fake Steve Jobs, Larry Charles Working On EPIX Silicon Valley Comedy Series

    Dan Lyons, the Newsweek writer, book author and creator of the Fake Steve Jobs persona, is currently writing a pilot script for a comedy series on Silicon Valley for entertainment channel and movie streaming network EPIX. Larry Charles of Seinfeld, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat and Brüno fame will be directing the pilot and overseeing the script development. The show is going to… Read More

  • Hulu, Colbert, And The Recentralization Of Video On The Web

    Hulu, Colbert, And The Recentralization Of Video On The Web

    When Hulu first launched, it was supposed to be the media industry’s answer to YouTube: a place where shows and movies from TV would find an audience online and make advertising money directly for the media companies backing it instead of sharing any of that video ad money with YouTube. All that professional quality video from NBC, Fox, and Comedy Central brought in a huge audience… Read More

  • Netflix inks deal with Viacom to stream South Park, other shows

    Today, Viacom and Netflix announced a new agreement that will bring hit shows from various Viacom networks, like, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon to your Xbox, laptop, etc. Yes, that means you can stream all 139 episodes from the first nine seasons of South Park right now. And for the kids – there’s a slew of Nickelodeon programming available so you don’t have to tend to your… Read More

  • The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media

    Big Media’s love affair with the Internet ebbs and flows with the markets. When they see money pouring into Web startups, they feel threatened and rush to do the same. They ramp up their digital divisions, which usually are no more than venture arms, and hope to strike it rich. When the markets are down, as they are now, their attention drifts elsewhere—exactly at the time when… Read More

  • Rejoice! Viacom and Time Warner prevent blackout!

    Time Warner subscribers almost, almost lost some of the best cable networks if a deal hadn’t been struck by the time the NYV ball dropped. Thankfully, Viacom and Time Warner came together in the name of the subscribers (and money) and penned an agreement in principle that will keep Dora and Stewart on the air. Read More

  • MTV Networks Buys The Rest Of DIY Social Networking Platform Flux (Social Project)

    MTV Networks has acquired the remaining portion of Social Project that it did not already own. Terms were not disclosed. Previously, MTV Networks was a minority investor in Social Project, which is behind the Flux social-networking platform powering many of its sites, including MTV.com, TheDailyShow.com, and ColbertNation.com. Social Project, which competes with Ning and KickApps, had… Read More

  • MTV Wants To Sell Ads On Like-Minded Sites

    It is not enough to be a destination site anymore. Everyone now wants to become an ad network. MTV Networks on Monday announced that it has expanded its vertical ad network strategy by building ad networks around the service’s core properties. Each vertical ad network will be called a “Tribe.” Much like In contrast to what LinkedIn is trying to do with its new ad… Read More

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