Revenue at Viacom's Paramount Pictures studio business fell 20 percent to $941 million, largely because it's compared with a 2012 quarter that included proceeds from "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol."
Comcast's movie unit did well. Revenue at the Universal Pictures studio increased 2 percent to $1.2 billion, thanks to "Les Miserables," ''Identity Thief" and "Mama."
In broadcast television, Comcast's revenue fell more than 18 percent to $1.5 billion because the quarter last year included the Super Bowl on NBC. Excluding the Super Bowl, which was on CBS this year, revenue fell 5 percent. Comcast blamed lower prime-time ratings at NBC and lower revenue from content licensing.
CBS, meanwhile, said quarterly revenue exceeded $4 billion for the first time since its 2006 split from Viacom, thanks to an 8 percent increase in ad revenue driven by the Super Bowl. But CBS also credited higher distribution fees for CBS stations as well as cable networks such as Showtime and CBS Sports Network.
ABC and ESPN owner Walt Disney Co. and Fox owner News Corp. are scheduled to report results next week.
Revenue at Time Warner's magazine business fell 5 percent to $737 million, as subscription revenue fell 11 percent. Time Warner plans to spin off the Time Inc. business into a separate publicly traded company by the end of the year.
During a conference call with analysts, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said the spin-off should leave the company stronger as "the leading pure-play video content company in the world." Without Time Inc., he said, the company will get about 90 percent of profits from television — the cable networks and television production at Warner Bros.
With video consumption, subscriptions and rates all growing worldwide, Bewkes said, "we think that's a very good place to be."
Time Warner expects further growth in distribution revenue next year as the Turner channels — including TBS, TNT and TruTV — benefit from new deals with higher rates.
AP Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay and Peter Svensson in New York and Business Writer Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this story.