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Viacom-owned Pluto TV launches Latino channels

Viacom-owned Pluto TV has added a suite of linear Spanish and Portuguese-language channels to its advertising-supported operation, offering programming from its parent company’s brands Comedy Central and MTV. Pluto TV Latino offers 11 curated channels designed to appeal to US Hispanic audiences, offering movies, comedy, music, true crime, reality, sports and telenovela programming. More than […]

Channel 5: Greenlight for ‘All Creatures Great And Small’; My5 adds Pluto TV

Channel 5 is adapting James Herriot’s iconic collection of stories All Creatures Great And Small with US public broadcaster PBS. The Viacom-owned channel has commissioned Colin Callender’s Playground, producers of Wolf Hall and Howard’s End, for a six-part series and Christmas special, which will be co-produced with PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’ strand. The drama marks the second […]

Viacom eyes global expansion for Pluto TV

Viacom boss Bob Bakish has said the business is to leverage its “global operating footprint to drive Pluto TV’s growth” beginning with the launch of the recently-acquired free OTT service in Switzerland and an expansion of the service in the UK, Germany and Austria, with a Latin American launch scheduled for later this year.  Speaking […]

Pluto TV launches two UK scripted channels

Viacom’s Pluto TV has launched two new channels in the UK dedicated to current and classic drama. Pluto TV Drama will host recent international scripted series from the UK and around the world. The line-up will feature the best of British and incorporate titles such as The Village, Skins and Ultimate Force. Meanwhile, Pluto TV […]

Viacom’s Pluto TV inks content deal with BBC Studios

Viacom-owned AVOD service Pluto TV has struck a deal with BBC Studios to place a range of its content on its platform in the US. Select titles from the BBC Studios will air across Pluto TV’s channel line-up and on-demand from May 2019 and feature series such as Being Erica, Bedlam, Primeval and Robin Hood. […]

Berlinale: Pluto TV’s focus on “long-form, niche content” will take on Netflix

Pluto TV’s managing director for Europe, Olivier Jollet, has said that the business will take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon by serving niche audiences and focusing on long-form content made for linear television, during Berlinale’s Drama Series Days event. Jollet expanded on why Viacom boss Bob Bakish has said that its $340m acquisition […]

Viacom: Pluto TV will be a “true game changer”

Viacom’s acquisition of ad-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV will be a “game changer” for the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy, according to the studio’s CEO Bob Bakish, and will play a key role in the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy both domestically and internationally, with the launch of a Spanish-language service planned in the near term. Speaking to […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

Viacom acquires AVOD Pluto TV for $340m

Viacom has offered $340m in cash to close a sale for ad-supported streamer Pluto TV, which is backed by the likes of Scripps Networks and Sky. Founded in 2013, Pluto TV offers a free bundled experience and streams over 100 channels. It has over 130 partnerships with media networks, major film and television studios, and […]

ProSiebenSat.1, Scripps invest in Pluto OTT

Over-the-top video service Pluto TV has raised US$30 million in a funding round led by ProSiebenSat.1 Group, which also included participation from Scripps Networks Interactive. In a statement, ProSiebenSat.1 said that it invested a “high seven-figure sum” in the Los Angeles-based business, making it the largest strategic shareholder in Pluto TV with an approximate 14% stake. […]