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Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
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After more than a week of public squabbling and dark channels, DirecTV and Viacom have a new licensing deal that restores all 26 of the channels — and leaves open the possibility that premium channel Epix will show up on the satellite operator. Read more »

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They’ve been negotiating over some of the biggest cable networks on TV, but DirecTV says a near deal to end its weeklong impasse with Viacom has been undone by a lightly watched premium channel. The programmer calls that a fabrication, saying the two remain far apart. Read more »

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Nickelodeon has been the top-rated cable channel for 66 straight quarters. But with Nicks’ ratings in decline, and its shows spread across Netflix and other OTT outlets, the channel’s negotiating position may be softening. In the lastest carriage renewal conflict, DirecTV will find out how much. Read more »

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Defunct Web 1.0-era VOD company Intertainer continues to file patent suits, alleging Viacom transgresses its technology when streams shows like Spongebob Squarepants. Intertainer is currently litigating with Hulu and has a 10-year history of filing complaints and winning settlements. Read more »

TV everywhere
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An agreement between Viacom and Time Warner Cable ends a year-long court fight and lets the No. 2 cable service stream channels like MTV and Comedy Central on iPads. But will it finally kick-start the kind of wide-scale dealmaking needed to make TV Everywhere a reality? Read more »

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Speaking at an investor event in Boston Wednesday, Netflix CFO David Wells said online viewing of Nickelodeon content probably has very little to do with the double-digit ratings drops on the linear Viacom channel. He compared the ongoing discussion to the “global warming debate.” Read more »

Court theme
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Today’s appeals court ruling in YouTube v. Viacom is the biggest copyright decision of the year and already both sides are proclaiming victory.

The case is about much more than the $1 billion that Viacom says it is owed for John Stewart and South Park clips that appeared on YouTube years ago. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
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