August 10, 2006 |
MTV Networks said Wednesday that it would acquire online video and games distributor Atom Entertainment Inc., accelerating the race of old-media giants to snap up websites that cater to young audiences. The $200-million deal for Atom, a survivor of the dot-com bust, signals the increasing rivalry between MTV parent Viacom Inc. and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as they diversify into new media. News Corp. has turned heads with its acquisitions of MySpace and other Internet businesses.
August 7, 2006 |
Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks has agreed to distribute clips from its cable networks over Google Inc.'s advertising network, in a test of what could become an economic model for Web-based video delivery, the companies said Sunday. The project, a year in the making, marks the first time Google will distribute ad-supported videos across its AdSense network from a major programming provider. The project will begin testing later this month.
May 18, 2006 |
When Microsoft and MTV show up at a party -- as a couple -- attention must be paid. The two powerhouses joined forces to create a music subscription and download service called Urge, which debuted Wednesday. The subscriptions, which cost about $10 a month, allow unlimited streaming of songs from Urge's catalog of nearly 2 million selections. If you want to buy the songs, it's 99 cents per download. Microsoft Corp. and MTV Networks, which is owned by Viacom Inc.
May 15, 2006 |
MTV Networks Inc., the cable network group that helped popularize music videos two decades ago, is entering the online music fray with Urge, a new service that makes its public beta debut Wednesday. Urge comes integrated into the newest version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media Player, which users of Microsoft's Windows will receive in coming weeks as an upgrade. Before that, the player upgrade will be available for download at the Urge and Microsoft websites.
January 26, 2006 |
Viacom Inc. reorganized the MTV music-television channel to kick start the creation of digital and wireless content. Dave Sirulnick was named executive vice president of multiplatform production and will focus on short-form video and news for digital devices and TV. Lois Curren was named executive vice president of series entertainment and programming.
January 5, 2006 |
Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks said Herb Scannell, vice chairman and president of Nickelodeon Networks, had left the company. Under a restructuring tied to Scannell's departure, Nickelodeon TV President Cyma Zarghami will lead a new MTVN Kids and Family Group, Viacom said. The moves follow a corporate split that created Viacom, which owns cable television networks and the Paramount Pictures movie studio, and CBS Corp. Viacom's new MTVN group will include Nickelodeon-branded channels.
December 14, 2005 |
Shunning leader Apple Computer Inc. in the crowded online music market, MTV Networks Inc. instead chose a partner that knows a thing or two about playing catch-up: Microsoft Corp. The cable music channel said Tuesday that it planned to launch its long-anticipated Internet service -- called URGE -- next year with the help of the world's biggest software maker. Although it is a platinum brand among teens and young adults, MTV is a relative latecomer to Internet sales.
December 13, 2005 |
Viewers will have their choice of New Year's Eve television specials on Dec. 31 when both ABC and MTV host countdown celebrations in Times Square with live performances from top musical artists. Mariah Carey is scheduled to close ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006" with a live performance outside in Times Square, the first singer to do so on the program.
October 24, 2005 |
The door to a Hunter College lecture hall opens, and in steps Madonna. There's no tweed for this professor-for-a-day; she wears a black dress and form-fitting boots that stretch to her knees. She's the latest participant in "Stand In," one of MTV Networks' hottest features, particularly given its brevity and relative lack of visibility. The MTVu network, a spinoff seen primarily on college campuses, invites celebrities to be surprise lecturers.