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TDG: NBCU top channel group for US viewers

NBCUniversal networks was the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five TV network groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they […]

CBS launches OTT sports service

CBS in the US has launched a 24-hour streaming sports news network offering news, highlights and analysis. The free service is a collaboration between CBS Sports and CBS Interactive and uses the combined resources of CBS Sports, CBSSports.com, 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps to deliver live news, game previews, post-game analysis, highlights and […]

Viacom and CBS formally explore new merger proposal

Viacom and CBS are once again formally dating – with exploratory boards created at both companies to look into a merger. Both companies yesterday released statement confirming they had each formed a special committee of independent directors to “evaluate a potential combination” with the other. Previous attempts at merging the two US media giants, which […]

CBS completes acquisition of Australia’s Network Ten

CBS Networks has completed its acquisition of Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten. The deal puts the US media giant in control of core linear channel Ten, as well as digital terrestrial television (DT) channel Eleven, which CBS already had a stake in. Other Network Ten assets covered by the transaction are the DTT channel One […]

CBS acquires Australia’s Network Ten

US broadcaster CBS is to acquire Australia’s Network Ten after agreeing to convert large debts Ten owed into an equity stake. The deal was announced yesterday to a positive response among many Australian producers, with Screen Producers Australia CEO, Matthew Deaner, commenting that CBS’s move “demonstrates that despite significant pressures, our market remains robust and competitive”. “It […]

Ex-CBS executive joins Verizon’s Go90

Former CBS alternative programming chief, Chris Castallo, is headed to digital video platform Go90 to lead its development efforts. Castallo was one of a number of CBS execs that left the business earlier this year, with Sharon Vuong promoted to replace him. Youth-focused Go90 has handed him a head of development role, in which he will oversee […]

CBS All Access goes global

CBS’s SVOD service, CBS All Access, is headed to the global market. The service will move beyond the US for the first time in the first half of next year by launching in Canada, followed by other markets. The CBS Studios International and CBS Interactive divisions of CBS Corp. are working together on the roll-out. […]

BeIN Media secures raft of CBS content

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media has struck a new multiplatform licensing deal with CBS Studios International, giving it access to a raft of CBS and CW programming. The deal means that BeIN Media channels will broadcast CBS series including Macgyver, The Good fight, Bull, Salvation and The Late, Late Show with James Corden […]

BBC changes US news partner

BBC News and CBS news have struck an editorial and newsgathering partnership that will allow both organisations to share video, editorial content, and additional newsgathering resources in New York, London, Washington and around the world. The relationship between BBC News and CBS News will also allow for efficient planning of newsgathering resources to increase the […]

Netflix among top five ‘must keep’ TV brands in US

Netflix now ranks among the top five ‘must keep’ TV brands in the US, above Fox, ESPN, HBO and Discover, according to new research. Toronto-based consumer research and insight consultancy, Solutions Research Group (SRG), ranked Netflix fourth behind ABC, CBS and NBC in its tenth annual ‘Must Keep TV Report’. “This is the first time […]