Cablevision sues Viacom over bundling

Cablevision has sued Viacom in the US, claiming that the channel owner forces it to air less popular networks in order to carry the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. In an antitrust lawsuit filed in a federal court in Manhattan, Cablevision argued Viacom was illegally coercing it to pay for 14 “lesser-watched ancillary […]

MTV Russia to close

MTV Russia is closing 14 years after the channel launched in the country. Owner Profmedia has decided not to renew the licence it has held from Viacom Media Networks since 2007 for the MTV brand and associated content. A new general entertainment channel, Pyanitsa, will replace the channel in June 2013. According to local reports, […]

MTV named the biggest TV channel in Europe

Viacom’s MTV is the most widely distributed channel in Europe, according to new research. The youth-skewed channel is carried by 123 operators across the continent and beats Disney Channel and the Discovery Channel, which are second and third and in 122 and 121 territories respectively. National Geographic and Eurosport were the fourth and fifth most […]

Pay TV dual revenue stream under threat, says Roedy

Pay TV’s dual revenue stream model faces a number of challenges that could have a severe adverse impact on it, according to Bill Roedy, former chairman and CEO, MTV International and author of What Makes Business Rock. Interviewed by BBC journalist Raymond Snoddy at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Vienna this morning, Roedy said that […]

MTV looks to mobile to socialise TV experience

MTV is using its mobile platform and app to socialise the TV experience, Michel Dupont, senior vice-president, MBL, MTV North and International told delegates at the Social TV World Summit event in London this morning. MTV’s recently-launched Under the Thumb app gives access to premium MTV content on-demand and enables users to co-view the shows […]

Social media will transform content, says MTV’s Frank

Taking singer Beyoncé’s announcement of her pregnancy live at the MTV Awards as her kicking off point, Kristin Frank, digital manager at MTV and VH1, said that this event had demonstrated the power of social media. Frank said that someone from MTV’s social team had Tweeted the announcement from the Awards event as soon as […]

MTV launches social TV app

MTV has launched a new app that combines on-demand video content with social media. The MTV Under The Thumb (UTT) app gives access to premium MTV content on-demand and enables users to co-view the shows and chat with friends at the same time. The app can be paired with any web browser on a computer, […]

Viacom airs six-year deal for six channels in Turkey

MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform. The new agreement clears the […]

Ofcom upholds ATVOD ruling on Viva TV Music

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service. MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements […]

MTV rebrands UK HD offering

Viacom is launching its core MTV channel in high definition in the UK. MTV will be complemented by MTV HD on the Sky platform from this week, allowing viewers to see Geordie Shore, Teen Mom and other MTV shows in high definition. Viacom will rebrand its current UK HD service, MTVNHD, as MTV Live a […]