Viacom’s Top Networks to Join AT&T’s Streaming-Only DIRECTV NOW Service

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Viacom just announced that fifteen of our top networks will join the more than 100 that will be available on AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW streaming service when it launches later this year. Here’s what you need to know:

No television necessary

DIRECTV NOW will be available entirely and only online. That means you can access it through those devices that you carry around with you and use for basically everything else. All you’ll really need is an internet connection. And if AT&T is your wireless provider, you will even be able to watch beyond the boundaries of the connected world without vacuuming up data.

Deadline quoted AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on this unique setup recently: “The data required to stream [DIRECTV NOW] on your mobile device is incorporated into the price of the content … If you choose to use that in a mobile environment on AT&T [then] your data cost will be incorporated into your content cost.”

The gang’s all here

Viacom’s family of cable networks reach more viewers than anyone else. We’ve worked with AT&T to make sure DIRECTV NOW carried some of our most beloved, resonant, impactful properties, including MTV, MTV2, MTV ClassicVH1, CMT, BET, Logo, Nickelodeon, NicktoonsNick Jr., TeenNickComedy Central, TV Land, Spike and Centric. So, lots of stuff like this:

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TV Land’s Gorgeous New Everywhere Experience Is Here

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

It’s remarkable how TV Land has evolved over the past couple of years. The critically acclaimed Younger, starring Sutton Foster, fires up its third season next week, and has already been renewed for a fourth (watch the pilot here). George Lopez’s eponymous Lopez will be back for season two, as will Impastor. And the net continues to develop new original content, such as Teachers and the forthcoming Nobodies, while fans can still catch a steady run of their favorites from years past, including How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Loves Raymond, and King of Queens.

And now you can take all of this with you with TV Land Everywhere, a complete overhaul of the network’s digital experience that delivers all of this content seamlessly across all of your devices.

TVLand.com is all new. And it is beautiful, easy to navigate, and loaded with free short-form clips, trailers, previews, and episode highlights.

That means lots of stuff like this:

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South Park Yourself Ahead of the Season 20 Premiere

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Tomorrow night, the 20th season of South Park launches on Comedy Central. This is somewhat incredible for those of us who have been watching Eric, Kenny, Kyle and Stan and the rest of the mountain-bound gang since they first tottered across our tube TVs back in 1997, but here we are.

To celebrate, the ever-inventive folks pulling the South Park creative levers have given us a new toy to warm up with while we wait for that milestone episode to drop: an avatar creator that allows you to build a custom character to drop onto your social media pages.

First, you pick your body, then your eyes, ear and hair. And then things get interesting. Want to gear up with a grappling hook, a battle axe and a pair of fairy wings? Go for it, then drop yourself in a classic South Park setting and see what goes down.

Me? I decided to rock my same spikey real-life haircut, then roll with a South Park jersey and a goblet to toast the 20th. I dropped my doppelganger in front of the panoramic town view to make sure I didn’t miss anything. The jet pack? Man, you just never know when you might need a jet pack, and you’ll be damn glad you have it when the time comes.

My South Park avatar stands over the legendary town, ready to jet pack off to the mountains and toast the 20th season premiere on Sept. 14.

My South Park avatar stands over the legendary town, ready to jet pack off to the mountains and toast the 20th season premiere on Sept. 14.

VIMN Velocity Is International Media Brand of the Year

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

The 27th M&M Global Awards, held in London last week, are a pretty big-deal event.

How big? Ask Viacom International Media Networks President Bob Bakish.

“The M&M Global Awards are the Media, Marketing & Advertising event in the UK,” he wrote in a note to employees earlier this week.

The occasion for Bakish’s note was simple: to congratulate the Viacom Velocity International group for taking International Media Brand of the Year at this hugely important event.

The Viacom Velocity Team Poses With Their M&M Global Award for International Media Brand of the Year

The Viacom Velocity Team Poses With Their M&M Global Award for International Media Brand of the Year

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2016 MTV VMAs: The Multi-Platform Juggernaut Smashing Our Video Records

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

There really isn’t anything else to add to the graphic below, other than “wow.” The MTV VMAs, a decades-long cultural mainstay, continue to evolve in startling ways that flood the matrix of digital and social channels where our fans live. Get the details below, the highlights (Beyoncé, Kanye, Rihanna, Drake and more) here, and the full show here.

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Viacom brands Conquer Comic-Con International

There’s been a lot of convention activity recently, and it hasn’t all been political. Comic-Con, the annual international pop culture conference, was held in San Diego from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24.

Comic-Con is a splendor of fantasy, a place that celebrates animation, cartoons, and most of all, fans. Viacom is well-acquainted with the concept of putting fans first. Our diverse content gives us the widest breadth of fan-kind in the industry. There’s no better example of this than at Comic-Con.

Our Nickelodeon exposition entertained young fans with a floor-to-ceiling booth featuring a collage of characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Our werewolf-romance aficionados were satiated by MTV’s Teen Wolf panel, and adult fans were able to literally insert themselves into the fictional universe of Comedy Central’s South Park as the show ramps up for its 20th anniversary in September .

Read more to see what dazzling ventures Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central presented at Comic-Con.

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured the game show, Double Dare. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Legends of the Hidden Temple. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
Nickelodeon Comic Con Booth 2016
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Nickelodeon's Comic-Con booth featured Hey Arnold's legendary stoop. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Nickelodeon) Read More

South Park Experience 5
South Park Experience 5
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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South Park Experience 4
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 3
South Park Experience 3
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 2
South Park Experience 2
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

South Park Experience 1
South Park Experience 1
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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

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Comedy Central's innovative exposition at Comic Con let users immerse themselves in the world of South Park. Photo courtesy of Comedy Central. Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Phil Faraone/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Inside
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Read More

MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
MTV Fandom Awards San Diego - Show
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MTV's Fandom Awards celebrated the hit show, Teen Wolf, among other fan favorites. (Photo by Dave Mangels/Getty Images) Read More

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Spike TV Fetches a Partner in Australia

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Spike TV’s international expansion continues as it sets up in yet another international market – this time in Australia, where a partnership with Fetch TV has just dropped the net’s addicting mix of franchises, unscripted shows and original content into their Entertainment Pack, a set of premium channels available to its subscribers.

Spike Australia will of course deliver the U.S. and U.K. versions of smash global hit Lip Sync Battle, but will also deliver mixed martial arts organization Bellator MMA, alongside British documentary series Police Interceptors and Spike originals Coaching Bad, Sweat Inc., Life or Debt and Framework.

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50 Youths Plus Two Business Apps Equals Moguls in the Making

When you bring middle and high school students together to develop a web app to help teens start a business, anything can happen. For the 50-plus participants in the Mogul in the Making Hackathon – hosted by Get Schooled, Accenture, and Viacom on a recent June weekend – the gathering proved to be an intense competition.

The Shark Tank-style hackathon, held June 4 and 5 at the Viacom headquarters in Times Square, required students to compete in teams to develop their app ideas. Each step was tracked on a leaderboard and the seven teams took turns meeting with the board of advisors to try and move into the top spot. Inspirational coaches Top Chef Kwame Onwuachi and 12-year-old Cory Nieves of Mr. Cory’s Cookies were on hand to offer advice on being a successful entrepreneur.

“When you’re starting a business, make sure you put your heart into what you do,” Nieves, who has become a savvy business owner who has already expanded his cookie operation into a commercial space, told the teens.

On the second day, the teams prepared to pitch their ideas to the judges. They started by making 30-second commercials to practice the art of storytelling and get them thinking about how to position their app in the marketplace. The commercials were posted to Instagram and YouTube and used as part of the final presentation to the judges.

Students, Viacom employees, and Get Schooled and Accenture staff work to create business startup apps at the Mogul in the Making Hackathon at Viacom headquarters in Times Square.

Students, Viacom employees, and Get Schooled and Accenture staff work to create business startup apps at the Mogul in the Making Hackathon at Viacom headquarters in Times Square.

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BET Goes Worldwide

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

BET is all over the place these days. They’re taking over the Los Angeles Convention center and L.A. Live this weekend for the BET Experience. They’ll be honoring Jesse Williams and Samuel L. Jackson at the BET Awards on Sunday night. The entire network launched in France late last year.

But it’s about to be really all over the place.

The BET Play app drops today, and it’s going to bring English-language BET content to smartphones, tablets, and AirPlay-enabled television sets in 100 countries.

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