Surprise PS4 TV Plan? In a recent preliminary deal with Viacom, Sony is reported to have won the rights to bring cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon to its planned internet-TV service. Plus, it can also sell on demand Viacom shows and movies. I'm okay with this if there's enough Sponge Bob. » 8/16/13 6:00am 8/16/13 6:00am

Viacom Ordered to Pay $383 Million to Rock Band Makers

Viacom is fighting an order to pay Rock Band makers Harmonix Music Systems $383 million, or a bit more than half of the money sought by the former shareholders in a long-running legal dispute over unpaid bonuses. » 12/28/11 12:00pm 12/28/11 12:00pm

Xbox Verizon FiOS Viewing Will Be Weighed and Measured by Nielsen

Later this month Verizon will be launching 26 channels of live streaming cable content through the Xbox Live dashboard for users of its FiOS TV service, a brand new way to watch cable made possible in part by the support of North America's ancient television audience measurement system. » 12/08/11 3:20pm 12/08/11 3:20pm

The $131 Million Rock Band Lawsuit

Last year, Harmonix shareholders sued the Rock Band developer's former owner Viacom for a ton of money. This week? Viacom sues them back. I am rubber, you are glue, etc etc. » 9/21/11 3:15am 9/21/11 3:15am

Viacom Got a Smidge More Than $49.99 for Selling Rock Band Studio

When Viacom said vaya con dios to Rock Band and its studio, Harmonix, the price of sale was $49.99. Actual retail price of the tax writeoff they got to take? $115 million, with about half of that returned this year as a cash refund on past taxes. [Gamasutra] » 4/28/11 9:30pm 4/28/11 9:30pm

Rock Band Developer Sold For The Price Of A Copy Of Rock Band 3

A copy of the disc-only version of Rock Band 3 currently sells for $49.99 at GameStop. According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, that's exactly how much investment group Columbus Nova paid to take Harmonix off Viacom's hands. » 1/04/11 12:00pm 1/04/11 12:00pm

Rock Band Creators Gone From MTV, Taking Hits With Them

The people who make Rock Band and the breakout Kinect dancing game Dance Central have been sold by MTV's parent company Viacom. But they can keep making sequels to those series, if they want to. » 12/23/10 1:30pm 12/23/10 1:30pm

Rock Band Will Still Be Rock Band After Harmonix is Sold

Viacom, like any good media conglomerate, loves big bottom lines... and it cannot lie, you other investors can't deny that when a subsidiary walks in with itty bitty net earnings you've got to sell it... » 11/11/10 1:00pm 11/11/10 1:00pm

Xfire Sold Off, Development Team Leaving [Update]

Two communications today from Xfire, the social networking tool for PC gamers, indicate that the service has been sold off and most of its development team will be leaving as a result. Update: Titan Gaming has acquired Xfire. » 8/02/10 7:30pm 8/02/10 7:30pm

Rock Band 3 Revolutionizes The Music Genre This Holiday Season

Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman officially outed Rock Band 3, due for release this holiday season, when it will "will innovate and revolutionize the music genre" all over again. » 3/09/10 2:30pm 3/09/10 2:30pm

Back Pay Is Hell: Viacom Wants Refund From Harmonix

I'm just a simple caveman lawyer, and your world of finance frightens and confuses me. However, it sounds like Viacom wants a refund on a substantial bonus it paid to Harmonix's founders. » 2/11/10 11:30pm 2/11/10 11:30pm

Beatles Limited Edition Will Sell Out by November, says Viacom CEO

Anyone waiting to buy his boomer parents a showpiece gift for Christmas, listen up: The CEO of Viacom, parent company of MTV Games, says that the limited edition hardware bundle of Beatles: Rock Band should sell out by November. » 9/25/09 10:00am 9/25/09 10:00am

Poor Rock Band Sales Blamed For Declining Viacom Revenues

Viacom's second quarter 2009 financials dropped this morning, singling out lower than expected Rock Band sales as one of the primary causes of the company's 14% drop in revenue over the previous year. » 7/28/09 12:20pm 7/28/09 12:20pm

Screw Consumers, Actual Bands Prefer Rock Band

You may like Guitar Hero. That’s fine. But while you’re enjoying Activision’s soulless take on Rock N’ Roll, know that artists prefer Rock Band. » 12/10/08 5:00am 12/10/08 5:00am

Rock Band Devs Getting $300 Million In Bonuses

It will be a very merry Christmas at the Rigopulos and Egozy households this year as the two Harmonix founders are about to have a December to remember — read: a new Lexus for the wife with obligatory gargantuan bow. In addition to rumored Jelly of the Month Club memberships, Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy have been… » 11/10/08 5:40pm 11/10/08 5:40pm