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  • Jun. 4, 2013, 9:30 AM

    Amazon (AMZN) scores a multi-year deal with Viacom (VIA) for many of the TV shows Netflix (NFLX -1.2%) lost last month, and boasts some of the content will be exclusive. "Hundreds of TV shows and thousands of TV episodes" from Viacom, including popular kids' shows such as Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, and Spongebob Squarepants, are being added to Prime Instant Video, with British/German Lovefilm subs getting access to some of them this summer. Some of the content will also be added to the kids-specific Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service. (Amazon/Epix deal) (Downton Abbey exclusive) (original shows)

    | Jun. 4, 2013, 9:30 AM | 13 Comments
  • May 20, 2013, 7:06 AM
    Star Trek: Into Darkness pulled in $84.1M over its four-day opening period to fall a bit short of the expectations from Paramount Pictures (VIA, VIAB). The movie did perform well for IMAX, hauling in $13.5M from the 336 theaters it played in the big-screen format.
    | May 20, 2013, 7:06 AM
  • May 2, 2013, 6:53 AM

    Wunderlich upgrades Viacom (VIA, VIAB) to a Buy rating and gives shares a price target of $80. (Previous on Viacom earnings: I, II)

    | May 2, 2013, 6:53 AM
  • Apr. 22, 2013, 5:37 PM

    Netflix (NFLX) is rolling out an $11.99/month family plan for subs who want access to 4 streams at once (up from a current limit of 2). Also, Netflix says it will let a deal with Viacom (VIA) that covers Nickelodeon, BET, and MTV content expire in May, but is in talks to license "particular shows." Domestic streaming's contribution margin rose to 20.6% from Q4's 19.6% and Q1 2012's 14.3%, while domestic DVD's profit fell $15M Q/Q to $113M. International streaming had a $77M loss, down from Q4's $105M. Q2 sub add forecasts: 200K-850K for domestic streaming (down from Q1's 2.02M), 150-750K for international (down from Q1's 1.02M). (more) (shareholder letter)

    | Apr. 22, 2013, 5:37 PM
  • Apr. 18, 2013, 6:38 PM
    More than 1.5M ad campaigns have been upgraded to support Google's (GOOG) "enhanced" AdWords campaigns, sales chief Nikesh Arora states on the Q1 CC. By tying together PC and mobile purchases, enhanced campaigns are critical to boosting mobile ad rates. Larry Page reaffirms Google's commitment (previous) to "big bets" on moonshot projects such as Glass and Fiber, confirms Glass runs on Android, and suggests its price (currently $1.5K) will drop in time. Meanwhile, a U.S. district court has handed YouTube another victory over Viacom (VIA) in their long-running infringement dispute. GOOG +1.5% AH. (Q1: I, II)
    | Apr. 18, 2013, 6:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 17, 2013, 11:12 AM

    Movie studios (DIS, TWX, CMCSA, LGF, VIA, VIAB, SNE) might be asleep at the switch, according data compiled from an industry trade group. While movies rated PG-13 almost doubled the return of R-rated movies in 2012, studios released twice as many of the R-rated variety. If box office numbers for Q1 are any indicator, execs haven't learned the lesson yet.

    | Apr. 17, 2013, 11:12 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2013, 7:52 AM

    IMAX (IMAX) and Paramount Pictures (VIA, VIAB) extend their partnership with a new agreement to feature upcoming films in the IMAX format. The commitment to IMAX for films such as Transformers 4 (June 2014) and Interstellar (November 2014) helps ensure the company's pipeline looks promising for global markets.

    | Apr. 16, 2013, 7:52 AM
  • Apr. 16, 2013, 7:13 AM
    Twitter is close to inking a deal with Viacom (VIA, VIAB to bring high-quality streaming video and advertising to the site, reports Bloomberg. The deal under discussion would let Twitter stream videos and split the resulting ad revenue with the network. Discussions have reportedly also been held with NBCUniversal (CMCSA).
    | Apr. 16, 2013, 7:13 AM
  • Apr. 11, 2013, 8:14 AM

    Chinese regulators pull Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained from theaters in the country on its opening day due to "technical" problems. The late action shows the tightrope movie studios face (TWX, LGF, VIA, SNE) in producing movies to clear Chinese censors in the face of growing box office opportunities in the nation. (Previous: Hollywood scripts aim to please Chinese audiences)

    | Apr. 11, 2013, 8:14 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 8, 2013, 9:52 AM

    The battle for the eyes and ears of 6-year olds: Nomura backs its Buy rating on Viacom (VIA, VIAB) in a note to clients, pointing to strong trend in kids TV viewing. Though the firm notes Viacom trades with "cheap" multiples and could see H2 film advertising pick up, it appears to be glossing over the major impact Disney Junior is having on ratings for Nickelodean. (Previous: Sofia the First thumps Dora the Explorer)

    | Apr. 8, 2013, 9:52 AM
  • Apr. 3, 2013, 7:06 AM

    Paramount Pictures (VIA, VIAB) plans to co-produce Transformers 4 with two Chinese companies and shoot part of the film in China. The deal also includes a stipulation that some Chinese actors will be used and post-production work will be completed in China. The development follows a trend in Hollywood to include considerations over China's growing box office in planning - most notably when the protagonists in the latest Red Dawn movie were changed from Chinese to North Korean late in the game.

    | Apr. 3, 2013, 7:06 AM
  • Apr. 2, 2013, 8:48 AM
    The Epix [(VIA),(VIAB),(LGF), MGM] movie service goes live on the PlayStation 3 this week and will be available on the PlayStation Vita in the coming weeks. The timing looks good for the venture with The Avengers slated to be available very soon.
    | Apr. 2, 2013, 8:48 AM
  • Apr. 1, 2013, 9:58 AM

    Sofia the First thumps Dora the Explorer: A strong launch by Disney Junior has contributed to a major ratings slide for Nickelodean (VIA, VIAB) over the last year. Beyond strong ratings, Disney (DIS +0.4%) also has a merchandising success on its hands with estimates for Disney Junior products ranging as high as $1.5B for the first fiscal year of sales.

    | Apr. 1, 2013, 9:58 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 26, 2013, 11:03 AM

    Intel (INTC +1.7%) has "signed off on the broad outlines" of its Web TV service with network owners Time Warner (TWX), NBC Universal (CMCSA), and Viacom (VIA), Bloomberg reports, while adding the chip giant isn't "as far along" in talks with other networks. The fact Intel (unlike others) isn't pushing for a la carte subscriptions (though it is promising more service "flexibility") should make it easier to strike deals. RBC's David Bank declares Intel's efforts "great" for content owners. "Intel will have to pay a premium as the new kid on the block."

    | Mar. 26, 2013, 11:03 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 18, 2013, 10:41 AM
    Verizon (VZ) has joined Cablevision in wanting a shakeup of the pay-TV industry's structure: Big Red says it's talking with several "midtier and smaller" TV network owners about paying for channels based on how many subscribers watch, rather than the number of covered homes. Verizon's efforts, which it says would allow it to offer a bigger lineup of niche channels, aren't as dramatic as Cablevision's attempts to end to channel bundling. But they still underscore industry discontent with having to pay per-user fees for less popular channels from media giants such as Viacom (VIA) and Disney (DIS), regardless of viewing activity.
    | Mar. 18, 2013, 10:41 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 16, 2013, 11:45 AM

    The increased focus of media companies to license film and television content to sites such as Amazon and Netflix is irresistible due to the lush margins for streaming video on demand, but the trend also poses a long-term threat to the traditional TV advertising model as new generations of audiences become accustomed to SVOD viewing habits. What to watch: Content companies need to maximize profits without cannibalizing TV ratings for hit shows. Look for more quick SVOD profit hits from CBS (CBS), Discovery Communications (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) while News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) and Disney (DIS) may have broader streaming plans in mind.

    | Mar. 16, 2013, 11:45 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Viacom Inc is an entertainment content company. It connects with audiences in 165 countries and territories and creates television programs, motion pictures, applications, games, consumer products, social media & other entertainment content.
Sector: Services
Industry: CATV Systems
Country: United States