CBS and Viacom deal to miss August 8 deadline

CBS and Viacom are unlikely to reach an agreement for the merger of the companies in time for the former’s earnings release. According to CNBC sources, the broadcast giants had originally hoped to have a deal in place by August 8.  The one remaining issue in place is reportedly the exchange ratio, which is still […]

CBS and Viacom agree on management team for merged company

The on-again, off-again CBS/Viacom merger looks to be entering its final stages, with the companies reportedly agreeing upon a management team that will lead the merged business. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Viacom boss Bob Bakish will be the CEO of the new-look company, with acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello set to be […]

Pluto launches pop-up channels in Germany and Austria

Viacom-owned AVOD Pluto has announced the launch of three new pop-up channels in Germany and Austria. The channels will be entirely dedicated to one show each, showcasing Viacom’s entertainment brand portfolio. The first will be a channel dedicated to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, while the other two will air MTV […]

CBS and Viacom reportedly pencilling August merger deal

CBS and Viacom have agreed an August 8 internal deadline to come to a merger agreement, according to CNBC. The news channel said that both companies had agreed to set the August deadline on the day both are due to report Q2 earnings, citing unnamed sources. While an actual announcement could be made sooner, or […]

Pluto TV targets Hispanic market with Pluto TV Latino

Viacom-owned Pluto TV has launched Pluto TV Latino in what the company says is the biggest collection of Hispanic programming ever offered for free. The free-to-view AVOD is made up of 11 linear channels and over 2,000 hours of programming in Spanish and Portugese, and is designed to cater to the “underserved” hispanic market.  The […]

Nickelodeon launches Play app in Bulgaria and Poland

Viacom has launched the Nickelodeon Play VOD app in Poland and Bulgaria. The company has signed distribution deals with Play in Poland and Telenor in Bulgaria to distribute the app. The Nickelodeon Play app is available on iOS and Android through their respective app stores. Polish customers are able to watch premium content as part […]

CBS gearing up for Viacom offer

CBS is preparing to make a bid to purchase Viacom, a new report claims. This news looks like it could be the final chapter in a long-running drama of an acquisition, with this being the third time in as many years that the companies have explored a merger. According to a report in the Wall […]

Viacom planning to add Pluto TV content to My5

Viacom is looking to expand Pluto TV more aggressively internationally, including adding Pluto TV content to UK on-demand platform My5, according to David Lynn, CEO, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London this morning, Lynn said that VIMN was increasingly looking to develop as a platform business, in particular […]

Doctor Who and Antiques Roadshow channels land on Pluto TV

Following the signing of a distribution deal with the BBC earlier this year, Viacom’s Pluto TV has announced the launch of two new popup channels. The first is dedicated to classic episodes of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, while the second channel is solely dedicated to Antiques Roadshow. Both channels are for the US […]

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 […]