Viacom and CBS may remerge

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Should Viacom and CBS merge again?

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  1. Daikun

    Daikun Long Live the Fighter!
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    I don't get Viacom sometimes. A decade ago, they made a pointless "demerger," even though the same guy was still in charge of both companies, and now they want to "merge" again?

    Redstone, Moonves: Make up your minds!
     
  2. sasq

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    Will the merged company still have the CBS name or Viacom?
     
  3. jaylop97

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    They couldn't live with them and now they couldn't live without them.
     
  4. Thefoster'sboy

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    In this case, Nick On CBS might come back! I grew up with that block...
     
  5. SparkleMan

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    AAAAAAH MAKE UP YOUR DANG MIND VIACOM
     
  6. PinkiePie97

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    I doubt it. Saturday mornings on networks aren't what they were 10 years ago. Plus, I don't think it matters if Viacom and CBS are the same or not since they aired the TV premiere of It's a SpongeBob Christmas in 2012.
     
  7. Mandouga

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    "Make up their minds"? It's been quite a long time since they split apart. It's not like kept going back and forth on it or anything. Still, the DVDs of the four Peanuts come from both companies, though CBS owns the first two (they released by Cinema Center Films, the CBS's short lived movie division), while Viacom owns the last two (they were released by Paramount).

    One thing is certain, if this does happen, this could mean that "CBS Television Distribution" could go back to being "Paramount [Domestic] Television", which would mean Viacom would have a TV division again (not counting their cable networks, including the ones that used to make up "MTV Networks").

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
     
  8. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    They technically do have Paramount Television again.
     
  9. Magmaster12

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    This is common in business usually it's just so the people in charge can now be on top of there previous bosses. Also this makes the formation of CBS Films even more pointless.

    Before you know it Time Warner Cable will merge with Comcast then reabsorb Time Warner whose good standing with CBS leads to a merger leaving only a monopoly. I know that idea is crazy but Clintons have a history of allowing mergers.
     
  10. Daikun

    Daikun Long Live the Fighter!
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    Nope. Charter already acquired TWC a few months ago. Comcast won't be getting its hands on it.

    I'm sorry... Whose good standing with CBS? Time Warner? Comcast? What are you talking about? None of these companies have anything to do with each other.

    No, it's crazy because it doesn't make any sense. You mentioned four separate companies who have no connection with each other somehow causing a sudden "monopoly."

    Never mind the fact that competitors like Fox and Disney exist, so it wouldn't be a monopoly, anyway.
     
  11. hobbyfan

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    That ship sailed, dude.
     
  12. Magmaster12

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    I was pretty much just unleashing my crazy I wasn't being serious.
     
  13. Lord Dalek

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    Sumner Redstone is currently on his deathbed. It's his heirs/corporate successors making these decisions.

    Really though that split hasn't been very beneficial to either company. CBS' other business ventures (CBS Films, their attempt to get back into the record biz after selling Columbia to Sony in the late 80's, etc.) haven't been well received, and Paramount's bleeding money left and right.
     
  14. Mandouga

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    Personally, I don't think the split has anything to do with it (necessarily). I think what hasn't been beneficial is making shows (which will remain nameless) that focus more on trying to appease/appeal/relate to certain (groups of) people in the short term at the expense of their actual potential, as well as at the expense of all the other viewers, and now it's coming back to haunt them. I just think that the good viewers have either gotten tired of it, or have gotten wise to what's been going on.

    Anyhow, Les Moonves, the guy that runs CBS has stated that they're "not in active discussions" to merge back into Viacom. So it may or may not be a moot point anyway. We'll just have to wait and see.
     
  15. RegularCapital

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    From what I remember CBS was spun off from Viacom to create a "two-speed" Viacom. Viacom was for the high growth new media division, Interactive, multichannel Television and Movies, CBS on the other-hand was for old media such as network television, outdoor advertising and book publishing. The company was split to give investors a choice between a low risk and high risk investment, to protect the profitable parts of their business from weaker performing parts and to identify and reform the poorly performing part of the company while still making the successful part profitable.

    The company didn't demerge as such because National Amusements (owners of the Showcase cinema chain) is the majority shareholder for both (basically functioning like a holding company).

    News Corporation did a similar thing, new media, satellite television and movies was split into 21st Century Fox and News Corp for old media and high risk investments such as Newspapers. TimeWarner has done the same thing, they've spun of Time Publishing.
     
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