Philo Adds Crackle, Bloomberg TV Content

Online TV serivce Philo April 20 announced it is adding ad-supported Crackle, owned and operated by Crackle Plus, to its platform. Philo is also adding Bloomberg TV and Revry. Bloomberg TV gives viewers live access to the latest news in business, markets and technology, and Revry brings the first global streaming network focused on the LGBTQ community.

“Philo offers affordable TV content to their fast growing audience and we are thrilled to give them full access to Crackle’s library of Hollywood blockbusters and classic TV shows, as well as a growing collection of original and exclusive content not available on any other platforms, such as ‘Going From Broke,’ which will launch a second season on May 20,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.

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Philo’s subscription package includes more than 60 live channels and 60,000 current on-demand offerings for $20 per month. Earlier this month, Philo partnered with T-Mobile to offer Philo for $10 per month to all T-Mobile and Sprint postpaid subscribers.

“The addition of new content from Crackle, as well as Bloomberg TV and Revry, further highlights Philo’s commitment to provide our customers with the best TV viewing experience at a great value,” said Mike Keyserling, COO and head of content acquisition at Philo. “We’re glad to be able to add these incredible channels to our robust line-up of programming for Philo viewers.”


Bloomberg Media and Samsung Partner to Distribute Bloomberg TV+

Bloomberg Media May 20 launches Bloomberg TV+, a data and business finance-themed 4K streaming service, on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s ad-supported video platform. Available on all 2017-2020 Samsung Smart TVs, Bloomberg TV+ is the first 4K channel available on Samsung TV Plus.

“As the first business news provider to deliver content in native 4K UHD, Bloomberg TV+ is an enhanced modern news experience for those seeking premium global news designed for streaming,” M. Scott Havens, global head of digital and media distribution at Bloomberg Media, said in a statement.

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Launched in 2019, Bloomberg TV+ combines programming of Bloomberg TV with a data-rich graphics created for a 4K UHD screen. Bloomberg claims the enhanced news coverage brings increased utility to an audience of business and finance professionals relying on market news and analytics.

Bloomberg Media worked with Wurl, a provider of streaming video distribution and advertising services for connected TV, to distribute Bloomberg TV+ with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which powers the UHD, high-quality ad-supported streaming experience.

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Viewers can watch Bloomberg TV’s programming such as “Bloomberg Surveillance” (4-7 a.m. ET), a weekday morning program, and “Bloomberg Wall Street Week” (Fridays at 6 p.m. ET). Bloomberg TV also features interviews with newsmakers, business executives, and global leaders on a wide variety of topics, including: market trends, investment, international relations, technology and more.

Samsung TV Plus offers access to more than 120 ad-supported channels across news, sports, movies and entertainment. The app is pre-installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs.

“This is a milestone launch with a number of firsts for Samsung and Bloomberg Media,” said Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships and business development for Samsung Electronics. “Not only is Bloomberg TV+ the first 4K UHD channel to be offered on Samsung TV Plus, we’re the first platform to stream it in 4K UHD, and the first to offer it to millions of viewers beyond Bloomberg’s owned and operated channels.”