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Viacom bolsters Pluto TV with seven new channels

Viacom has further bolstered its Pluto TV AVOD with seven new channels. The most noteworthy of these channels is one solely dedicated to VH1’s popular series RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is made up of episodes from the show’s first five seasons. There are also channels dedicated to other VH1 series Love & Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. The […]

Inside the rise of Pluto TV: “This is not Viacom Direct”

Pluto TV was thusly named because of the AVOD platform’s perceived underdog status in a galaxy of SVODs. Now, with the multi-billion-dollar backing of ViacomCBS, its universe is fast expanding – but it vows not to become Viacom Now.  When it launched in 2013, Pluto TV was doing virtually the opposite of most major content […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

CBS, Viacom conclude long-awaited merger

CBS and Viacom have agreed a long-awaited merger deal that will see the two businesses operate as ViacomCBS Inc. moving forward. The deal comes after months of speculation around a merger – the third such attempt since 2016, when a reunification of the two businesses was first explored. New leadership has been set out, with […]

Pluto TV delivers for Viacom as user base grows by 50%

Viacom’s AVOD business Pluto TV saw its monthly user base rise by 50% between Viacom’s acquisition of the business in January and the end of July, ending that month with 18m active users. News of Pluto’s progress was revealed as Viacom posted solid fiscal Q3 numbers on the back of a recovery in its domestic […]

Viacom plugs My5 channels into Pluto TV

AVOD streamer Pluto TV is to launch three UK channels using content from the VOD platform of its Viacom stablemate Channel 5, focusing on crime, documentary and medical programming. Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom for $340m six months ago, will launch My5 Crime, My5 Documentaries and My5 GPs: Behind Closed Doors channels on […]

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 […]