• 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

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