Ukraine’s Volia adds new channels

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added a channel dedicated to Ukrainian series and movies and Viacom’s Spike to its line-up of TV channels. Bolt provides content from the domestic production of Film.UA Group and Star Media studios, aimed at a middle-aged male audience. The line-up of series on bolts includes Nyukhach, Shuler, Balada pro Bombera, […]

Viacom ups Italian ambitions with FTA push

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air (FTA) frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 frequency ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

Viacom outlines five-point turnaround plan

Media giant Viacom has unveiled a five-point plan to get its business back on track, with flagship brands and digital centre stage. As part of the focus on the big channel brands the Spike channel will be replaced by Paramount Network, which also signifies Viacom’s commitment to keeping the Paramount studio. New Viacom CEO Bob […]

Viacom launching new Spike channels

Viacom will launch Spike channels in the Netherlands and Hungary next month. The male-skewing cable net is already available in the Netherlands as a five-hour branded block on the Nickelodeon kids service, but will roll out as a full round the clock channel from December 12. It will be carried on the Liberty Global-owned Ziggo […]

Viacom to launch Spike on April 15

Viacom will launch its Spike in the UK on April 15 and has picked up several US dramas for the free-to-air channel, which will be available on the Freeview and Freesat platforms, including the latest season of The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. It has also snagged UK rights to Lip Sync Battle, […]

Spike UK to tap Channel 5 for content

Viacom’s Spike UK channel will feature a mixture of US originals and “off-net product, principally from Channel 5,” according to Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) CEO and president Bob Bakish.  Speaking to DTVE’s sister title TBI, Bakish said that the network, which is due to launch in the UK this spring, will supplement this content […]

New appointments at Viacom international channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Viacom to launch Spike channel internationally with UK rollout

Viacom is set to launch its male-skewing Spike channel internationally for the first time, with rollout of a new free-to-air UK version of the network in spring next year.  Announcing the launch in at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast in London today, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said that Viacom’s acquisition of UK terrestrial broadcaster Viacom […]

Viacom confirms ‘landmark’ Sony OTT deal

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service. The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come […]