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CBS and Viacom to merge after 13 years apart

August 13th, 2019

After much speculation, Viacom and CBS are back together once again after 13 years apart. Early this afternoon, the two media companies officially announced plans to merge into a new company dubbed ViacomCBS. Once the merger becomes official, current Viacom CEO Bob Bakish will head up the company. “Today marks an important day for CBS …

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Viacom will launch its own streaming service as everyone ditches cable

February 11th, 2018

If you thought the rapid demise of cable bundles was going to mean simpler TV packages and cheaper entertainment, Viacom has some bad news for you. The network, which owns channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon, has announced that it will launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming service by September 2018, complete with “tens of …

Viacom data leak security firm UpGuard

Media giant Viacom dodges bullet over massive security breach

September 19th, 2017

Viacom, the media conglomerate that owns Paramount, Comedy Central, MTV, and hundreds of other properties, has had a giant security flaw exposed by a security firm. The good news is that hackers don’t appear to have taken advantage of the weakness; the bad news is that credentials and configuration files for the backend of dozens …

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With cord cutting on the rise, TV networks are trying to save TV by ruining TV

August 5th, 2015

It’s happening. There’s really isn’t much of a question anymore. Cord cutting is on the rise, driven by movie and TV show streaming services like Netflix. What’s more, television networks have been so slow to respond that they’re only just now beginning to roll out online-only subscription options in an effort to win back some …

Viacom loses major copyright suit against YouTube

Viacom loses major copyright suit against YouTube

April 19th, 2013

Good news for Daily Show fans: You’ll still be able to watch clips of Jon Stewart on YouTube. The Los Angeles Times reports that Viacom has lost a major copyright suit against YouTube after “a federal judge in New York on Thursday ruled that YouTube had not violated Viacom’s copyright even though users of the popular …

Apple in talks to stream EPIX films to Apple TV

April 28th, 2012

Apple is reportedly in talks to stream films owned by EPIX — a joint venture among Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate — across a variety of devices, including the long-anticipated iTV, according to a report from Reuters. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations told the publication that the talks are in the preliminary stages …

Federal appeals court revives Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube

April 5th, 2012

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against Google’s YouTube video-sharing website, The Wall Street Journal reported. The media conglomerate had alleged that YouTube allowed users to post unauthorized Viacom content between 2005 and 2008. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case to a lower court, instructing a …

Amazon announces content agreement with Viacom for Kindle Fire, Prime customers

February 8th, 2012

Amazon on Wednesday announced that it has entered into a new agreement with Viacom to provide a larger selection of television content to its Kindle Fire and Amazon Prime customers. Under the deal, Amazon’s customers will have access to episodes of The Real World, Chapelle’s Show and the The Sarah Silverman Program from Comedy Central, …

AntiSec hacks Universal and Viacom; leaks user data, passwords

June 29th, 2011

A hacking group named LulzSec made headlines recently for attacking high visibility targets, including Sony and the U.S. government. LulzSec announced earlier this week that it was stopping its operations, and rumor has it many of the members joined up with Anonymous’ “AntiSec” hacking group. Now that group is making its own headlines. On Tuesday …

Time Warner pulls channels from iPad app after network complaints

April 1st, 2011

We’ve just been tipped that Time Warner Cable has begun emailing users of its iPad application, informing them of a looming channel-lineup change. The app in question — TWCable TV App for iPad — was released on March 15th, and allows TWC subscribers to stream live television right to their tablet device. A very neat …