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Viacom, DirecTV Mend Fences – but at What Cost?

DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to get their MTV, as well as their daily fix of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, plus Nickelodeon and the 14 channels owned by Viacom, under a new agreement the two companies announced on Friday. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, it appears that Via...

Wireless Gains Offset Weak Broadband Sales for Verizon’s Q2

Verizon proved Wall Street right Thursday, just meeting expectations for its second fiscal quarter and bringing in a net income gain of 13 percent thanks to higher-than-expected wireless subscriptions. The wireless provider earned $1.83 billion, or 64 cents per share on the quarter, up from $1.61 bi...

AMC Taunts Dish With ‘Breaking Bad’ Freebie

AMC will stream the first episode in the upcoming fifth season of "Breaking Bad" for Dish customers at a site that greets visitors with the welcoming words, "Dish dropped AMC, so we're offering a special live stream of the premiere for Dish customers, right here." Viewers are invited to begin regist...

DirecTV, Viacom Cross Swords, Customers Get Hurt

A months-long disagreement over the fees DirecTV should pay to Viacom for some of its most popular programming has turned into steely-eyed brinkmanship between the two companies -- and DirecTV's customers caught in the middle. Viacom proposed increasing the fees DirecTV pays for programming offered ...

PRODUCT PROFILE

The List Builds Big Media Database Onto SugarCRM Foundation

The List, a provider of lead generation software for media buyers and marketers, is adding CRM functionality to its line of services. This new feature set joins other new functions the company is building into its core product, such as integration with Moat.com, and a global media content database.

News Corp. Split: Out With the Old, In With the Young?

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., reportedly has had a change of heart over splitting his $50 billion media enterprise in two and is willing to give the idea serious consideration. The company has confirmed news reports that it is mulling the pros and cons of a split. If it proceeds, i...

Amazon Sweetens Prime Deal With More Instant Vid Titles

Amazon and Viacom have inked a licensing agreement that will bring the number of instant videos available to Amazon Prime customers to more than 15,000. The deal will add episodes from Viacom's Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET outlets. Titles will include "The Hills," "Jersey Shore," "The Ha...

Content Intent, Part 1

As far as exclusive interviews go, you could do a lot worse than getting Herman Cain, and a lot worse than getting him on Nov. 28. That was, after all, the day that a woman unleashed accusations of a 13-year affair with Cain, the third racy allegation levied against Cain in a matter of weeks. And th...

Time Warner Cable, Viacom Sue Over iPad Streaming-TV Tiff

Time Warner Cable and Viacom are countersuing each other over whether Time Warner Cable has the right to live stream Viacom content to its Apple iPad app, which it released in March. In short, Time Warner Cable says the rights it already obtained from Viacom entitle it to distribute the content in t...

WEEKLY RECAP

Can Verizon Take the iPhone’s Heat?

Perhaps you have an iPhone, and perhaps you were at CES last week. If so, you may have noticed that your phone's data services just plain didn't work most of the time. For some users, that's an aberration that only happens when they go to very crowded events. But for users who live in certain cities...

Google Moves to Crack Down on Search Advertising Evildoers

Google is tightening its copyright and piracy protection procedures, instituting new measures that will facilitate Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests and will better oversee search advertisers that use copyrighted or trademarked terms. Specifically, Google will roll out four changes:...

Hulu IPO Could Be Streaming-Video Game Changer

There was a time, early this decade, when every day saw a new technology company make an initial public offering. Talk of stock options and vesting schedules was common coffee break fare. Lately, the flow of capital for startups is much more like a trickle, and IPOs are sparse. Still, some partnersh...

YouTube’s Extra 5 Minutes Could Buy More Than Time

YouTube uploaders who wish to follow 60s pop-art icon Andy Warhol's advice and grasp their 15 minutes of fame now can do so fully. YouTube has raised the maximum length limit on submissions from 10 to 15 minutes, announced Product Manager Joshua Siegel on the company blog. While an additional five m...

Judge Nixes Viacom’s Mammoth YouTube Lawsuit

A judge has ruled in YouTube's favor regarding the video-sharing site's three-year battle with Viacom over alleged copyright infringement. On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court in New York ruled that YouTube had complied with the take-down provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in its ha...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

YouTube’s Copyright Fight Flares Up

The U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York recently ordered the unsealing of court filings submitted by Viacom and Google in Viacom's three-year old, $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube. The released documents paint a tale of corporate intrigue a...

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