There have been a lot of changes during the course of the year for both CBS and Viacom, and that might mean the streaming industry changes a little bit too in 2021.
Viacom and CBS merged together in late-2019 and now both companies are one. Viacom owns the streaming services Pluto TV and NickHits (Viacom owns Nickelodeon), and CBS has its own streaming service, CBS All Access.
While all of them serve a specific purpose, there could be some changes coming down the road for NickHits and CBS All Access.
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said in an interview with Deadline that CBS All Access would “undergo rebranding to incorporate more of the company’s cable brands and library programming, including Paramount Pictures.”
The article also goes to say that there are plans to bring the entire “Spongebob Squarepants” TV series to the streaming service too.
Right now, CBS All Access already has old Nickelodeon TV shows like “Danny Phantom” and “Sam & Cat.”
Honestly, this sounds like a really good idea to merge the two streaming services since both companies have a huge amount of content. Specifically, when it comes to Nickelodeon content, there have been people who have been begging for TV shows like “iCarly” and “Drake & Josh” to be available on Netflix, but it has not happened.
Please put Drake and Josh on.
Every Netflix user ever
— Sarah Kelch (@LittleKelch) June 24, 2020
petition for iCarly to be on netflix 😭
— pia || STREAM HYLT !!! (@jenniessii) June 20, 2020
With that said, old Nickelodeon TV shows like “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat are available to stream on Netflix. “Drake & Josh” can be streamed on Hulu too.
Having all of those Nickelodeon TV shows on a single streaming service with ViacomCBS would make sense. A streaming service with all of the shows listed above, as well as “Zoey 101” and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” being on there would make a lot of people very happy.
Do I think a service like this is on the way?
Absolutely. ViacomCBS would make a significant amount of money for the number of people who are wanting to stream those classic Nickelodeon TV shows from their childhood. Just having “Spongebob” on there is going to be a big seller to a lot of consumers.