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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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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Viacom Follows DISH Renewal By Re-Upping With Cox Communications

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Cox Communications’ millions of subscribers will continue to enjoy programming across MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and 19 other Viacom networks after the two companies reached a renewal and expansion agreement on Friday. The broad agreement will include more content across multiple platforms, including television and mobile devices.

“Cox has consistently been a leader in offering advanced features and services to their subscribers, and Viacom’s networks are favorites among those audiences who consume programming on digital devices, whenever and wherever they choose,” said Viacom Executive Chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman. “Viacom and Cox have worked together for many years to provide industry-leading offerings, and are pleased to continue our strong relationship for many years to come.”

The deal underscores the value of Viacom content to our distribution partners just weeks after the company reached a multi-year deal with DISH network that continued that 20-year-old relationship.

A Deeper Look at Big Data at Viacom

Chanel J Cathey 1 by Chanel Cathey, Viacom

“Data helps you make more intelligent decisions. Having great creative instincts remains at the core of what we’re doing. Data is just another tool that we’re going to use.” – Philippe Dauman at Variety’s Big Data Summit.

Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman drove home this message during Variety’s Big Data Summit, where he keynoted, following Variety’s cover story about Viacom’s big data efforts. He underscored how Viacom leverages data to enhance creative works and evolve audience measurement. The company’s growing data team continues to fuel innovation and pioneer advanced analytic tools that are now a must have in the marketplace.

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That Moment You Realize You Missed Your Favorite Show – and Hulu Saves the Day

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Dang, you missed it.

You digitally expelled the outside world to accommodate a weeklong end-of-semester study binge; forgot about time while hand-crafting a thousand custom dog collars from discarded coat hangers for your Etsy store; lost contact with civilization while exploring the fringes of the Antarctic ice sheet… whatever happened, you were unplugged, out of cell range, away from a television – and you missed the whole season of Inside Amy Schumer, Finding Carter or Sanjay and Craig.

Now what?

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Viacom Teams Up with Spotify to Deliver Video to Fans

Ilana Glazer (L) and Abbi Jacobson, actresses from the Comedy Central show Broad City speak onstage during the Spotify press announcement on May 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Ilana Glazer (L) and Abbi Jacobson, actresses from the Comedy Central show Broad City speak onstage during the Spotify press announcement on May 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

The power of Viacom’s brands is rooted in their ubiquity — “Made Here. Lives Everywhere” is how we think of it. As of this week, that everywhere now includes long-time music-streaming leader Spotify.

Spotify rolled out a host of new features this week that transform the app into a one-stop entertainment shop. Among the recently announced additions is video capabilities and key partnerships with content providers, including Viacom’s MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. Read More

Introducing Noggin, Nickelodeon’s Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

In addition to outlining its upcoming development slate at its annual Upfront presentation today, Nickelodeon highlighted a range of other initiatives, including the launch of Noggin, a new mobile subscription service for preschoolers.  Available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch starting March 5, the paid service will be ad-free and offered for $5.99 a month.  Read More

Viacom Statement on Cablevision Lawsuit

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

The following is the latest statement from Viacom on the Cablevision lawsuit:

“This suit is nothing more than a hypocritical attempt by Cablevision to void a long term carriage deal they agreed to only two months ago.  Cablevision is crying foul over a standard business practice that expands choice and lowers cost for consumers – a practice they use extensively to sell their own services. Cablevision received significant discount on a package of networks that account for nearly 20% of the total viewing audience.  Now they want the lower price without the obligation to offer our networks to their customers.  For Cablevision it’s ‘do as we say and not as we do’ – an arrogant approach all too familiar to its customers.”

Turtle Power Heads to Cannes for MIPCOM 2012

Jennifer Needham by Jennifer Needham, VIMN UK

Turtle Power was in full force in Cannes as Viacom International Media Networks execs descended on the Cote D’Azur once more for MIPCOM 2012, the bi-annual international television and media market, to launch a raft of VIMN programming for international syndication, including Nickelodeon’s brand new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  With bandanas at the ready, the team created quite a stir by announcing the hotly speculated news that the series would be coming to free-to-air screens in the UK through a deal with ITV, the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster. Celebratory pizza anyone? Read More