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ViacomCBS Streaming (formerly CBS Digital Media Group, then CBS Interactive) is an American media division of ViacomCBS that oversees the operations of its streaming services and Internet brands. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites and apps cover entertainment, news and sports. It is headed by Tom Ryan.


History





As CBS Interactive


On May 30, 2007, CBS Interactive acquired Last.fm for £140 million (US$280 million). On June 30, 2008, CNET Networks was acquired by CBS and the assets were merged into CBS Interactive, including Metacritic, GameSpot, TV.com, and Movietome. On March 15, 2012, it was announced that CBS Interactive acquired video game-based website Giant Bomb and comic book-based website Comic Vine from Whiskey Media, who sold off their other remaining websites to BermanBraun. This occasion marked the return of video game journalist Jeff Gerstmann to the CBS Interactive division of video game websites, which includes GameSpot and GameFAQs, and has Gerstmann once again working directly with some of his former peers at GameSpot within the same building at the CBS Interactive headquarters.Giant Bomb, Comic Vine join CBS Interactive
GameSpot.com
On April 17, 2012, it was announced that Major League Gaming and CBS Interactive would be entering a partnership alongside Twitch to be the only exclusive online broadcaster of their Pro Circuit competitions, as well as for advertising representation.


CBS Corp./Viacom re-merger and afterwards


On November 4, 2019, ''Variety'' reported that Jim Lanzone would be leaving the company after 9 years to become an executive in residence at Benchmark Capital, and would be succeeded by Marc DeBevoise. CBS Interactive’s parent CBS Corporation formally acquired and merged with sister company Viacom, Inc. on December 4, 2019, forming ViacomCBS. On September 14, 2020, it was announced that Red Ventures would acquire the “CNET Media Group” from ViacomCBS for $500 million, which was finalized on October 30, 2020. After the divestment of the “CNET Media Group”, CBS Interactive was dissolved after an organizational restructuring and renamed ViacomCBS Streaming in order to accelerate ViacomCBS 'direct-to-consumer streaming strategies. On March 4, 2021, ViacomCBS Streaming renamed CBS All Access to Paramount+, with additional streaming content and rebranding taking place at that time.


Properties


Some of the digital media properties under ViacomCBS Streaming include: Paramount+, Pluto TV, BET+, Noggin, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and the websites CBSNews.com, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Fantasy, MaxPreps, StarTrek.com.


Divested/defunct


When the company then known as CBS Interactive, it was owned several websites, most of them were sold to Red Ventures in 2020. Its former websites are: BNET, CNET, Download.com, TechRepublic, ZDNet, GameFAQs, GameSpot, Giant Bomb, onGamers, TVGuide.com, Chowhound, TV.com, Metacritic, Comic Vine, GameRankings, MetroLyrics and UrbanBaby.


References


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