After seven years of back-and-forth legal jabs, YouTube's owner and the parent of MTV and Comedy Central settle a fight that has become an anachronism.
Appropriately timed for April Fools' Day, Comedy Central's new app replaces show-specific apps, creating a one-stop spot with free full episodes of "The Daily Show," "South Park," and more.
The preliminary agreement, reported by The Wall Street Journal, would put Viacom cable channels on an Internet-connected TV offering from Sony, which is racing against other tech giants to unveil such a product.
With its first partnership with a television network, the Yahoo-owned blogging platform is chasing the same prey that other social networks are stalking to turn their finger-on-the-pulse relevance into revenue.
To drive people to its MTV app, the Viacom network is encouraging Miley fans to tweet about the singer enough to unlock preview footage from an extended-length version of her documentary.
The Video Music Awards netted more than 19 million social-media mentions last year, but this time the Viacom network is focusing on the quality and media side of the show's social media.
The company is reportedly hoping to ink some deals with content providers to deliver a television.
The new deal, which will start with tweeted highlights during the MTV Video Music Awards, is the latest in Twitter's ongoing march to bolster its advertising muscle.
Starting with one for MTV and MTV2, they build on the company's current "second screen" apps and add on-demand video, plus new webisode-style series. But most of it is only for people who already pay.
For the second time in the past three years, a judge rules YouTube is protected from liability for illegally uploaded videos by the DMCA's "safe harbor" provisions.