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BET+ to launch September 19

Viacom-owned BET is launching its premium SVOD on September 19. The African American-targetted SVOD will launch in the US at US$9.99 per month and feature over 1,000 hours of existing and new original content.  BET+, a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, was announced in June. Scott Mills, president of BET Networks, […]

OTT platforms to benefit from CBS/Viacom merger “in the very near future”

The OTT platforms of ViacomCBS will see a boost from the just-concluded merger “quite soon”, the company’s top execs have confirmed. Speaking on a conference call, CBS chairman and CEO Joe Ianniello identified direct-to-consumer streaming as one of the company’s key pillars of growth, and said that the breadth of content made available by the […]

Viacom to launch BET+ with Tyler Perry

Viacom is launching BET+, a new SVOD service of its popular African-American cable network, with Tyler Perry as a key financial and creative player. According to The Wall Street Journal, Perry will create original content for the service which will launch in late 2019. This is an expansion of his current five-year production agreement with […]

Viacom names international Paramount, BET bosses

Jill Offman and Alex Okosi have again risen at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Comedy Central International head and Comedy Central and MTV UK managing director Offman has been handed oversight of The Paramount Channel, and VIMN Africa executive VP and MD Okosi takes on BET International. This comes after Michael D. Armstrong, who ran […]

Ex-AwesomenessTV chief joins Paramount

AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins as joined Paramount Pictures to lead a new youth-skewed division. Robbins will run Paramount Players, which will be devoted to producing films derived from the Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET brands. The move is the first major deal for Paramount since Fox veteran Jim Gianopulos became its chairman and CEO. Robbins […]

New-look Viacom takes TV to film and film to TV

New Viacom CEO, Bob Bakish, has fleshed out his turnaround plan for the media giant and pledged to bring its TV brands to film and vice versa. Announcing a slate of Nickelodeon movies for the Paramount studio, Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded movies to the slate of Viacom movie studio […]

Viacom launching BET Play in 100 countries

Viacom is launching BET as a direct-to-consumer streaming service in 100 countries. BET Play is the streaming version of the black culture channel and the SVOD roll out marks Viacom’s first direct-to-consumer move with one of its non-kids channels. Last September Viacom launched Play Plex – a suite of mobile apps offering content from channels […]

Viacom’s BET set for French SVoD launch via Afrostream

Viacom’s African and African-American culture and entertainment channel BET will launch on SVOD in France after inking a deal with fledgling streaming service Afrostream. The BET linear channel launches in France later this month. It is rolling out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 million French […]

Viacom to launch BET in France

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and BET International are due to launch the BET channel as a 24-linear and multiscreen service in France next month. BET (Black Entertainment Television) will launch on November 17, offering content inspired by urban culture, music, fashion and society. VIMN said that the French launch will be a “360 degree, multiscreen rollout”, with […]

Viacom to launch localised BET channel in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has partnered with African pay TV provider MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel in South Africa. The channel will be available exclusively on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv from April 2, and will be found at channel slot 129 on the EPG. The launch will mark the […]