Skylink adds new channels

M7 Group-owned Czech and Slovak pay TV operator Skylink is adding six new channels to its programming line-up. The operator is adding Crime & Investigation, Nickelodeon, MTV Rock, MTV Dance, VH1 and VH1 Classic to its line-up as well as replacing the current standard-definition version of the History Channel with its high-definition variant. MTV Live […]

Romania’s Cosmote partners with MTV

Romanian mobile operator Cosmote has partnered with MTV to offer a premium youth-focused entertainment offering to prepaid mobile customers.  The Cartela MTV Mobile powered by Cosmote package will give free access to MTV’s Under The Thumb iOS and Android app, which offers more than 300 hours of video content from MTV’s top shows. “We know […]

Russia’s U Channel scores exclusive MTV content

Female-skewing Russian network U Channel has scored an exclusive deal with Viacom International Media Networks for 100 hours of MTV programming – a deal described as the first of its kind. The two-year deal is VIMN’s first ever syndication deal for MTV content. It will see shows such as comedy drama Underemployed, reality series 16 […]

Viacom to relaunch MTV Russia as former partners debut new channels

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is to re-launch the Russian version of MTV. The move follows the ending of its partnership with local media group ProfMedia late last year. The new MTV Russia will feature a mix of international and local shows, with the mix reflecting the results of a survey conducted by VIMN that […]

Viacom plans TV production push as revenues fall

MTV and Nickelodeon owner Viacom has seen revenues fall 6% year-on-year in its second quarter results, but is planning to invest more in original content across its improving TV channels business. Q2 revenues to March 31, 2013, were US$3.14 billion compared with US$3.31 billion in 2012, on top of operating income down 9% at US$847 […]

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 […]