CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming.

THE newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video.

Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its own service in November and streaming pioneer Netflix spends even more on original shows and movies.

That isn't stopping Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who will lead the combined company, to declare that ViacomCBS will be ''one of only a few companies with breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry,'' CBS and Viacom, which separated in 2006, announced their long-anticipated reunion last week.

Viacom owns the Paramount Pictures movie studio and pay TV channels such as Comedy Central , MTV and BET, while CBS has a broadcast network, television stations, Showtime and a stake in The CW over-the-air network.

CBS was one of the first media companies to launch its own streaming service, CBS All Access. The $6 a month service has has new ''Star Trek'' series, a revival of ''The Twilight Zone' and archives of old and current broadcast shows.

Now, Disney, Comcast's NBCUniversal and AT&T's WarnerMedia are jumping in with their own services as well to challenge Netflix, Amazon, Google and other tech companies encroaching into entertainment.

To expand its library, Disney bought Fox's entertainment business for $71 billion in March, while DrecTV owner AT&T bought Time Warner last year for $81 billion on.

Acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello, who will head the CBS business in the combined company, said in a call with analysts that the company might add content from Nickelodeon, BET, MTV and Comedy Central to CBS All Access and Paramount movies to Showtime. CBS ad-supported CBSSports HQ and ET Live could be added to Pluto TV.

And the company hopes to beef up its international offerings.

''The combined company will have the best of both worlds, premium US programming that seamlessly travels across borders andd hundreds of thousands of hours of locally produced international programming, all available with the click of a button,'' he said.

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