Which CBS owned cable channel?

Discussion in 'Future of Trek' started by xortex, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. xortex

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    Would be the best choice for a new tv series again? Sorry to ask the same old question but I'm too lazy to google what cable stations CBS owns. Someone mentioned AMC and that sounds right to me. Also FX? and HBO but that's a premium channel and another can of worms, so let's start with what non premium cable channels would be best first considering audience availability and interest, etc., of course and then the possibility of premium Trek.

    Can Moonves lend Trek to other networks? or make direct to DVD telemovies or series or MOWs (movies of the week), etc.?
     
  2. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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    CBS owns Showtime. FX is owned by FOX. AMC is owned by AMC.

    Come on, would typing "CBS owned cable channel" in google really take less time than typing that entire post?

    CBS can do what ever it wants with Trek, including what you describe. Its called "licensing".
     
  3. Tom

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    CBS does not really own that many channels beyond Showtime and half of the CW network. Viacom has the most channels. Even 5 years after the breakup CBS has a close relationship with Viacom (thanks to daddy Redstone :) ).
     
  4. C.E. Evans

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    Close like a divorced couple with kids...
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  5. xortex

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    I know I just heard on the radio a snippett of CBS being bought by somebody - wasn't it Viacom? You never know what you're gonna hear or mishear. Something just bought CBS which would mean more cable channel access. No?

    So, it can liscence it to AMC? How about NBC?
     
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  6. chardman

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    They can license it to whomever they want to license it to.
     
  7. C.E. Evans

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    Viacom bought CBS in 2000, but it was a largely unhappy arrangement, with the two companies sometimes working against one another (which is still going on today). They parted ways in 2006, with Viacom getting the Paramount Pictures movie studio and CBS aquiring what was formerly known as Paramount Television (which included the rights to Star Trek).
     
  8. Temis the Vorta

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    Wikipedia will give you the rundown on basic business info.
     
  9. xortex

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    I could swear I heard that CBS was bought recently.
     
  10. C.E. Evans

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    CBS did buy recently a new television station--WLNY in New York.
     
  11. jefferiestubes8

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    xortex the thread is still open and a valid place for discussion.
    Poll: What channel should a new Trek TV series be on?
    Many of your questions above have been discussed.
     
  12. xortex

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    You're right. Sorry. Thanks.
     
  13. jefferiestubes8

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    AXS TV


    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/cbs-and-dan-rather-together-again_b167090

    What kind of brand will AXS TV be in 2017?
    Maybe CBS will buy a majority stake in it and a possible Trek outlet to carry this channel.
     
  14. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    CBS is buying AXS because they are interested in live events (because they are more DVR proof and therefore more lucrative for ads than scripted TV.)

    Star Trek would be DVRed to the max, which is why it needs to be moved out of the ad-based ecosystem. Some kind of subscription service would work better for it.

    This is just the cananry in a coal mine. All ad-based TV is moving towards live events to lessen the appeal of DVR use.
     
  15. jefferiestubes8

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    Temis mentioned last month: CBS is buying AXS
    now CBS is buying the majority stake in another cable network

    CBS Circling to Acquire Half of TV Guide Network

    They surely could rebrand this channel in 3 years.
     
  16. C.E. Evans

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    ^^^
    Not if Lionsgate, who still owns the other half, doesn't want to rebrand it.
     
  17. jefferiestubes8

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    TVGN additional info

    more info on the CBS purchase of 50% of TVGN
    So CBS has plans for this cable network with carriage in 81 million homes. Since CBS owns subscription pay television (Showtime) is a premium channel and
    source and has it's niche and that's not friendly for Trek's younger audiences.

    the other network CBS purchased the majority stake in
    Only 40 million...then TVGN is obviously a contender for a serious rebranding.
     
  18. C.E. Evans

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    Re: TVGN additional info

    Actually, the article doesn't say that. The only thing it says is that CBS was looking for a way to get into the cable industry (ABC, NBC, and FOX already have cable properties--CBS is very late to the game).
    That's a digital tier-only channel on most cable systems--one of the last vestiges of niche programming, IMO (although that's fading there even as we speak).
    It's already been seriously rebranded (TVGN is the new name it just adopted). It's moved away from its original TV listings format to an actual channel with programming.
     
  19. jefferiestubes8

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    CW rebranding over time?

    an update on the CW network:
    pilots
    the human survivors on a spaceship is the one I think all TrekBBS members may be interested in as it's a space opera.
    Not exactly the core Trek demo but perhaps a new Trek series based on JJnuTrek in that world (just not the feature film actors) in a few years would give a strong male audience to this network. If they could program another show that a young 18-34 male audience would like before or after it would be ideal for them.

    the article also has some other business info on CW profits and digital viewership.
    CW network revamp aims to draw wider audience