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Viacom bolsters Pluto TV with seven new channels

Viacom has further bolstered its Pluto TV AVOD with seven new channels. The most noteworthy of these channels is one solely dedicated to VH1’s popular series RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is made up of episodes from the show’s first five seasons. There are also channels dedicated to other VH1 series Love & Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. The […]

Inside the rise of Pluto TV: “This is not Viacom Direct”

Pluto TV was thusly named because of the AVOD platform’s perceived underdog status in a galaxy of SVODs. Now, with the multi-billion-dollar backing of ViacomCBS, its universe is fast expanding – but it vows not to become Viacom Now.  When it launched in 2013, Pluto TV was doing virtually the opposite of most major content […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Neighbours’ spin-off for My5 VOD service

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a spin-off of Australian soap Neighbours for streamer My5. The VOD platform has ordered Neighbours: Erinsborough High, a 5 x 22-minute series that will be produced by Fremantle. The programme will debut on My5 in November alongside Neighbours, which airs daily on Channel 5 and is available via […]

Nickelodeon expands unscripted slate with ‘Top Elf’, ‘Substitute’

Nickelodeon has bolstered its unscripted slate with a holiday-themed competition series and a full series pick-up for The Substitute. The Viacom-owned channel has commissioned Ugly Brother Studios and Main Event Media for 5 x 60-minute series Top Elf, which features seven kids with top building and design skills facing off in a number of holiday-themed […]

Viacom to beam German channels directly to cars with Access deal

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is adding a selection of its channels to mobile IT solutions provider’s Access Twine4Car product.  The deal will see Access acquire the rights to make linear feeds of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available in German-language for integration into in-car infotainment systems being developed by German car manufacturers. The channels […]

TBI Weekly: ViacomCBS, a US deal with global implications

CBS and Viacom’s merger might have created a $30bn US-based content company but a foray into their assets reveals a swathe of interests that stretch far beyond American shores, with implications for companies in the UK, Argentina, Australia, India and beyond. In one light, the deal is simply the latest salvo in the long line […]

ViacomCBS eyes further acquisitions after merger

Discovery and Sony Entertainment have been mooted as potential targets for ViacomCBS as it looks to bolster the newly merged company with further acquisitions, following the creation of the $30bn outfit yesterday. The long-awaited merger will see brands including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET and Comedy Central coming under one roof, along with CBS Television […]

CBS, Viacom conclude long-awaited merger

CBS and Viacom have agreed a long-awaited merger deal that will see the two businesses operate as ViacomCBS Inc. moving forward. The deal comes after months of speculation around a merger – the third such attempt since 2016, when a reunification of the two businesses was first explored. New leadership has been set out, with […]

Viacom, CBS enter final stretch of merger talks

CBS and Viacom are nearing a deal for a merged company, with the final stumbling block appearing to be an agreement on exchange ratio.  According to Variety, board members from the businesses spent the better part of the weekend hammering out final details around the merger. It is believed that a deal could be reached […]

Pluto TV delivers for Viacom as user base grows by 50%

Viacom’s AVOD business Pluto TV saw its monthly user base rise by 50% between Viacom’s acquisition of the business in January and the end of July, ending that month with 18m active users. News of Pluto’s progress was revealed as Viacom posted solid fiscal Q3 numbers on the back of a recovery in its domestic […]