I don’t know if any of you guys have heard about it, but there’s a Deadpool movie coming to theaters. Just so you know. They’ve been pretty restrained in promoting it.
The FCC is proposing a fine of nearly $2 million for cable channels that aired a trailer for Olympus Has Fallen, which uses the tones from the Emergency Alert System.
Go Diego, go! Amazon has locked up exclusive streaming rights to Dora the Explorer, as well as a couple other Viacom kids shows.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan just ruled that YouTube will have to defend itself from a Viacom lawsuit in court. Viacom sued YouTube in 2007 for $1 billion, alleging that it was responsible for the huge amount of copyrighted material that was uploaded by YouTube users.
Like Netflix and Hulu before it, Amazon has inked a deal with Viacom to bring TV shows from all its networks (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Spike, etc.) to the Prime streaming service. Beavis and Butthead marathon, anyone?
There have long been rumors that Amazon wants to usurp Netflix as the video streaming service of choice. But new reports suggest that Amazon is about to announce a tie-in with Viacom that could make that a reality.
Yet another lawsuit—this time between Viacom and Cablevision—was started today. Reuters reports that the alleged culprit, Cablevision, is being accused of "unauthorized streaming of [Viacom's] programming on devices such as Apple Inc's iPad."
Right on the heels of the Time Warner/Viacom debacle, Cablevision's live TV-streaming app has now gotten caught in the crosshairs too. Viacom claims that the Cablevision iPad app does not honor distribution agreements, and they've asked the cable company to remove content from their iPad app. Meanwhile, Cablevision…
News Corp, Viacom and Discovery issued to formal complaints to Time Warner this week, demanding the cable provider remove any of the trio's channels (MTV, FX, Discovery, etc.) from their iPad app, which streams live television to cable subscribers while they're at home. Today, Time Warner caved and removed the channels
Netflix has reached an agreement with Epix to include films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM Studios as part of its Watch Instantly offerings, starting September 1. The films will be available on Netflix only 90 days after their pay TV debuts.
Epic news: The long fight between Viacom and Google is partially resolved, with the U.S. District Court deciding that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor provision of the DMCA. Which means?
Tragedy! The New York Times is reporting that Viacom is going to pull "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," and other Comedy Central properties off of Hulu next week. The reason, as always: money. The bigger question: who's next?
Michael Fricklas is Viacom's general counsel, the company's top lawyer. I can't tell if he actually felt bad when he said the above at a recent meeting with Yale Law students. I kind of feel an evil, dark smile inside.